Executing a winning plan that gains public acceptance and regulatory approval for a new siting project requires interaction with many stakeholders.
Gaining public acceptance and regulatory approval for your new project can be an unwanted adventure. The Mower Public Affairs and Community Engagement team helps clients navigate the rough waters of siting new projects, while addressing issues that can have a lasting impact on the success of your project.
Siting is never simple, especially when dealing with government regulations at the federal, state and local levels. Not only that, siting and environmental issues require interaction with many stakeholders in very complex interrelationships. Today’s opponent on one project can be tomorrow’s ally on another proposal.
Mower knows how to help clients identify and communicate with the many different players typically involved in the siting process, including local zoning boards, community groups, online influencers, social media groups, environmental advocates, NGOs, business and government agencies devoted to economic development, local and state legislators, and regulators themselves.
Our clients succeed when the communications, engineering, legal, regulatory and government experts are all working together as a team — sharing information and ideas, participating in strategy development and collaborating closely to execute a winning plan.
Some examples of our siting and environmental issues work include:
- Working with Honeywell to design and implement public information (Public Meetings) outreach initiatives for one of the largest environmental remediation projects in the United States — the cleanup of Onondaga Lake.
- Organizing state, federal and international government support for Plan 2014, a proposal from nongovernmental organizations Save the River, The Nature Conservancy, WWF-Canada, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, American Rivers and Audubon New York, to regulate water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
- Leading the community outreach required by the state and local approval processes of SEQRA, Article VII, CPCN and local zoning in Maine and New York for AVANGRID’s $2 billion transmission upgrade project.
- Listening closely to community concerns to clear the way for Noble Environmental Power to complete the construction of approximately 160 wind turbines in three towns in New York.
- Increasing awareness and understanding of the benefits of the City of Cincinnati’s streetcar proposal to a wide variety of audiences through a series of milestone events, social media and media relations.
- Helping Lafarge North America gain public support and regulatory approval for the expansion of its cement manufacturing facility.
- Providing 18 months of complex outreach to various key stakeholder groups to gain the approval to build a 330-mile underwater and underground transmission line for Transmission Developers Incorporated.