Eric Mower + Associates and OMNI Development Company, Inc., have announced that EMA is moving its region-leading Albany public affairs and public relations practice to Omni Plaza, 30 South Pearl St., a Class A office tower in downtown Albany.
“We at EMA are proud of our work for organizations active in government, business and the nonprofit sectors in Albany, across the state and nationwide,” said Eric Mower, EMA chairman and CEO. “In moving downtown we have reaffirmed the importance of our public affairs practice while also making ourselves that much more accessible to our clients. And we hope to continue our track record as good corporate neighbors as we develop important alliances and partnerships downtown.”
EMA opened its Albany office in 1997, which has since grown to create the region's largest and most deeply resourced public relations and public affairs practice. EMA Albany, along with its six other offices, is ranked as one of the nation's top 20 independent communications agencies.
“As Mayor, I have been pleased to see the renaissance of Albany’s downtown over time,” said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. “EMA’s decision to relocate into downtown affirms the energy and vitality of our urban business center. We are pleased to welcome EMA here.”
“On behalf of all the highly skilled professionals at EMA, I thank Mayor Jennings for welcoming our business to downtown with open arms,” said Sean Casey, EMA director of Public Affairs and Partner in charge of the Albany office.
Headquartered in Albany, Omni Development Company, Inc. designs, builds, and restores property. Omni’s attention to detail and longstanding relationships with architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors allow for quick and efficient response time. Omni serves clients in the commercial, financial, government and healthcare industries. Omni Plaza is the Capital Region Headquarters for: Merrill Lynch; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; Hinckley Allen & Snyder and the New York Power Authority. Equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunications and data infrastructure, it is located across Pearl Street from the Times Union Center and within walking distance of the state Capitol, Legislative Office Building, City Hall, courts, prominent legal and financial firms, arts, entertainment, and fine dining. The building has impressive views of the Albany skyline.
“We are proud to welcome EMA to downtown Albany and Omni Plaza,” said I. David Swawite, CEO of Omni Development Company. “The firm’s new local headquarters will provide superior accessibility, visibility and convenience to EMA’s clients and staff.”
Downtown Albany has grown impressively in recent years:
• In June 2009, Albany was designated as an All-America City by the National Civic League, an award recognizing civic engagement and stressing the long-term interests of the community as a whole.
• Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and the City of Albany have received the prestigious City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Mayor was also recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the Public/Private Partnership Outstanding Achievement Award for his collaborative partnerships with the business community.
• Capitalize Albany, creates and implements programs to grow downtown economically. Since Capitalize Albany was established in 1996, more than $6 billion has been invested in the City.
• The Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge offers new access to the river and with new offices, apartments, hotels and restaurants.
• New parking garages welcome residents, businesses and patrons to downtown.