Property developers still skeptical about using social media like Facebook and Twitter in their campaigns to win zoning entitlements for controversial projects should take a look at last week’s US elections.
Friends betrayed, fortunes lost, regulatory agencies that ignored tip-offs, Internal Revenue tax losses of up to $17 billion — the ripples keep spreading from Bernie Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme. The New York Times reports almost no part of New York City’s real estate industry has escaped the scandal. The Associated Press says investors who lost their fortunes may end up … Read More
The Communications Strategy Matrix evaluates various voter outreach methods and charts them on the basis of cost and effectiveness as determined by both quantitative and qualitative research.
History may look back on July 2008 as the month when America’s political agenda and energy needs converged on alternative sources of energy to oil. The transmission of wind energy from geographic locations best suited to generate it to populations that demand it is a top issue in the business. Yet, even if you can navigate local opposition and the … Read More
By Saint Consulting Staff What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face? We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source – the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz – commit resources, get good info, build … Read More
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.
California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More
Mike Saint, Chairman of the Saint Consulting Group, will be speaking at an upcoming meeting of the South Carolina Urban Land Institute. The politics, the economics and the emotion of real estate development are incredibly complex and layered equations. Population growth in South Carolina outpaces the rest of the country with the greatest influx of immigration headed to the coastal … Read More
Our own Senior VP Owen Eagan is receiving well deserved attention and accolades for his research in his capacity as “Executive-in-Residence” at Emerson College. Owen excels at working with our clients to build and protect market share and now he is helping big Hollywood studios to do the same. Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com/debunking-hollywoods-opening-weekend-myth-best-movies-its-all-about-week-4-2354315
The Pentagon is threatening to scuttle what promises to be the world’s largest wind farm, in eastern Oregon, arguing that the giant turbines could interfere with an Air Force radar system.