Saint University Executive Seminars

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Keeping corporate teams on the cutting edge of land use politics Saint University Executive Seminars are customized programs for corporate teams- keeping them on the cutting edge of land use politics. Our programs have been featured at The World Bank, MIT Center for Real Estate, Vanderbilt University, Urban Land Institute, International Conference of Shopping Centers, ADIT Brasil, the National Sand, … Read More

Saint Model Outcomes – actions speak louder than words in land use politics

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These seven case studies come from a variety of projects managed by The Saint Consulting Group, where we identified latent support to champion a project, or created a counter-voice to balance opposition groups that had dominated the planning process. Some used video petitions and canvassing to generate community advocacy. All persuaded elected officials it was in their electoral interest to listen to wider voter sentiment, not just the vocal NIMBY minority.

Changing landscape for real estate development strategy: Part 3 thinking outside the box

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group Business strategists constantly urge executives to “think outside the box.” And these days many retailers, hospitals, mall owners, and other business owners are doing just that. In the past, competitive strategy was limited to what was inside the box. You competed on price, merchandising, customer service, product selection and … Read More

Credibility? Developers have none, just a target on their backs

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group No matter how good you are or how many times you have gone above and beyond to ensure your projects are designed and built to the highest standards, you come to town with a target on your back.  No matter how many times you have made commitments to neighbors and local officials … Read More

Developer’s nightmare – angry neighbors, antsy mayor, good project lost

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Whether you call them NIMBYs, BANANAs, CAVE*, people or uninformed, selfish nutcases, they are organizing to stop your project and, often, they are winning.  Regardless of how good you think your project is and how hard you may have worked to address community needs they are still there screaming bloody murder at … Read More

Is a competitor backing angry neighbors against your development?

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff Are your opponents really just angry neighbors? Is that opposition group with two lawyers, a traffic expert and funds for full page newspaper ads really just a few guys from the neighborhood? Often the neighbors are being enflamed, organized, trained and funded by your competitors. The chief reason that your … Read More

Law360 Series on Strategies for Protecting Market Share, Part 4

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(Editor’s Note: Law360 has published a four-part series on protecting market share, written by Jeffrey Gould, general counsel for The Saint Consulting Group. Today The Saint Report republishes the concluding part of this series). By Jeffrey R. Gould, The Saint Consulting Group Many companies increasingly use grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to actively generate opposition against a competitor’s project … Read More

From Law360: Strategies for Protecting Market Share, Part 3

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(Editor’s Note: Law360 has published a four-part series on protecting market share, written by Jeffrey Gould, general counsel for The Saint Consulting Group, and The Saint Report is republishing the series over the next few weeks). By Jeffrey R. Gould, The Saint Consulting Group Many companies increasingly use grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to actively generate opposition against a … Read More

Law360 Publishes Parts 2 and 3 of Protecting Market Share Series

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Law360 this week published the third  of a four-part series on Strategies for Protecting Market Share, written by Jeffrey R. Gould, general counsel for the Saint Consulting Group. The series focuses on how recent court rulings have enabled many companies increasingly to use grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to actively generate opposition against a competitor’s project and protect their … Read More

Politics Rules in Local Planning, Pt 3: What Can a Developer Do?

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(Robert J. Flavell is vice chairman of The Saint Consulting Group and co-author of NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use. This article concludes a three-part series on real estate and politics.) By Robert J. Flavell, The Saint Consulting Group Citizens today will not take “no” for an answer. They are wealthier, better educated, and better focused than previous generations. … Read More