Mike Saint to Keynote Re:Con 2016

The Saint ReportAggregates/Mining, Press Release

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Saint Consulting’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Saint, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Re:Con. Re:Con (http://www.geosonicsvibratech.com/recon2016/) is the premier conference for blasting and blast-associated risk. Registration is now open.

Nimby Nation: The High Cost To America Of Saying No To Everything

The Saint ReportLand Use In The News

Patricia Begrowicz of Onyx Specialty Papers. (Credit: Franco Vogt for Forbes.)

NIMBY opposition is dominating the approvals process, stopping development and slowing economic and job growth across the United States.  The new political reality is that everyone thinks they can fight development and win.  Good projects including projects vital for national infrastructure, economic development and national security are being crushed by a NIMBY majority.  We have been talking about the implications … Read More

10 Rules for Dealing with Angry Citizens

The Saint ReportPlanning and Zoning, Politicians and Planning, Referendum/initiative

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By Patrick Fox, President Some people are just plain angry.  Fear of change as well as rumors, misunderstandings and outright lies can leave developers confronted by angry, distrusting residents who do not want to listen to anything you have to say.  Usually, these situations can be avoided with proper planning and outreach but every developer will encounter angry citizens sometimes.  … Read More

Advocacy or Antitrust? Competitive Engagement and Political Advocacy Under the First Amendment

The Saint ReportBusiness, Politicians and Planning, Referendum/initiative, saintblog

Fierce business competitors have to step lightly to avoid liability under expansive American antitrust law and Anglo-American ‘commercial interference’ torts. However, both federal and state courts have increasingly interpreted the American constitutional guarantee of the freedom to petition the government as shielding competitors who engage each other in political or legal contexts. In-house practitioners should be aware of the shifting … Read More

Walmart Support Grows Nationally

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Saint Index, saintblog, Thought Leadership, Wal-Mart and Big Box

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

Fear and Loathing in Land Use Politics

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Saint Index, saintblog, Thought Leadership

By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group It’s ugly out there for commercial real estate developers.  The cynicism and distrust of politicians and our political system has permeated the approvals process for commercial real estate projects and it makes the process more difficult to navigate for everyone. According to the results of the 2015 Saint Index, 61 percent of Americans … 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

The Saint ReportNIMBY, Planning and Zoning, Saint Index, saintblog, Thought Leadership

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