FREE Webinar – New Technology and Tools in Land Use Campaigns

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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

Strategic Communications: Crisis Comms=immediate, full disclosure

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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

Dealing with an angry mob – developers should engage community, seek mutual gains

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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

Changing Adversaries into Allies: Chris Hopkins in Aggregates Manager

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(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

Not All Opponents to New Development are NIMBYs

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(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

Dealing with an angry mob – developers should engage community, seek mutual gains

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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