Saint Consulting will be offering six Webinars in 2015 covering some of our most requested topics. Our second topic will be New Technology and Tools in Land Use Campaigns presented by Courtney Graziano and Patrick Fox on February 24, 2015. This Webinar will cover how social media, digital tools and fast moving technology is increasing effectiveness, speed and efficiency of … Read More
By Owen Eagan & J. Gregory Payne We discussed the importance of grassroots advocacy and public relations to land use campaigns in earlier posts. In this segment, we’d like to focus on crisis communications as this is an essential component to any comprehensive communications strategy. You have likely heard the sports mantra that defense wins ball games. As much as … Read More
By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group A client recently asked me how to deal with an angry mob. If you are confronting an angry mob of residents opposing your project at a public hearing, you’re not alone. I can tell you it is happening across the US and Europe with greater intensity and frequency. But what now? If … Read More
(The permitting process can be contentious, but long term community outreach and involvement can build better relationships, writes Christopher Hopkins, the senior vice president of mining and aggregates for The Saint Consulting Group, in the June issue of Aggregates Manager) By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group Getting a quarry expansion or a new greenfield site approved through the local permitting … Read More
(The Saint Report posted a Washington City Paper report on Walmart’splanning success in DC without a fight. Here Mike Saint comments on a related discussion on NIMBYs between City Paper columnist Lydia DePillis and Megan McArdle, a senior editor for The Atlantic) P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group I have been telling clients and potential clients … Read More
People are more likely to oppose projects, both public and private, than support them. If confronted with a large group of voters who oppose a project and no countervailing demonstration of support, elected politicians are apt to vote against new development.
we identify supporters, organise them and then point them at their local politicians. This balances the debate and makes politicians vote sensibly, rather than appease a small band of protestors.
How developers can identify and counter the objections of NIMBYs, reduce delays and win wider public support is the focus of an interesting feature in the DJC (Daily Journal of Commerce) Oregon.
By Patrick Fox,President, The Saint Consulting Group A client recently asked me how to deal with an angry mob. If you are confronting an angry mob of residents opposing your project at a public hearing, you’re not alone. I can tell you it is happening across the US and Europe with greater intensity and frequency. But what now? If you … Read More
The two most senior managers of Saint Consulting, Patrick Fox and Mike Saint, reply to a reader’s question: with so much opposition to development, what is good, appropriate development: opposition in fact cuts across all political persuasions; and developers need to build and leverage community support for their projects
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