The Buffalo Law Journal recently asked Eric Mower and Associates’ director of public affairs in Western New York, Stephen Bell, for insight on how public perception can affect commercial expansion projects in the Western New York community.
Bell’s opinion was included in a story titled “Bringing Everyone to the Table.” The article explores the depth of resources needed when embarking on a development project.
“It is becoming increasingly important for several professionals to come together before a commercial development project reaches a zoning or municipal board,” said Bell. “The team needs to conceptualize the project, address its needs, and anticipate problems. There may be some developers who prefer to go at it alone and be very secretive about it, but I think a full team approach is more effective.”
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Bell joined EMA two years ago as a senior counselor and has been instrumental in building the agency’s already strong public affairs and crisis counseling practice in Western New York. He was recently promoted to director of public affairs in Western New York, a role in which he counsels clients on short-and long-term strategic communications planning, crisis management, policy matters, and public and media relations.