Joint MIT-Saint Consulting Course on Land Use Politics July 17-18

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MIT’s Center for Real Estate and The Saint Consulting Group are collaborating for the second straight year to offer a two-day course on Community Relations: Winning Community Support for Land Use Projects. This unique course, to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Center for Real Estate on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is … Read More

Walmart Support Grows Nationally

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Opposition now at just 50% When the Saint Index was first conducted in 2006 and Americans were asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed “in their community”, only 31 percent said they would support it.  Today, that number has risen 16 percentage points to 47 percent support.  Opposition to Walmart … Read More

FREE Webinar – Saint Index 2015

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Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents. The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history. Of all of the land use project types … Read More

The Hurdle Every Developer Faces

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group According to the 2015 Saint Index,  72% of Americans say their community is overdeveloped or fine just the way it is.  They are saying they want the door closed and all development stopped in their community. This is the hurdle eve ry developer starts with on every project.  Even communities desperate for jobs, … Read More

Saint Index 2015: The Most Opposed Land Uses

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Landfills, Casinos and Power Plants lead the Saint Index most opposed land uses for 2015.  With 82% opposition to a landfill proposed in “your community”, developers need to take a hard look at the political landscape before moving forward to gain approvals.  You cannot count on being able to identify supporters and getting … Read More

Support for New Development Trending Up

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents.  The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history.  Of … Read More

Question: Can You Pay NIMBY’s to Go Away?

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By Mike Saint Answer: sometimes, but other times, even One Billion Dollars is not enough to get them to stop objecting. See this story from Canada, where First Nations’ Tribe members rejected a payment from Malaysia’s Petronas LNG project that was proposed for British Columbia. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/bc-first-nations-group-rejects-1-billion-offer-from-lng/article24413849/ The lure of the money, which would be spread over 40 years, is being … Read More

Strategic Communications: The Importance of Giving Your Employees a Voice

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group In “Managerial Leadership at Twelve O’Clock” (see http://bit.ly/nlDHby), Pepperdine University Professor Charles Kerns states that managers should focus on those managerial leadership practices that drive employee results.  This is due to the fact that employee results influence customer results, which, in turn, affect business results. So what are the practices that drive employee … Read More