Effectively planning and executing public meetings can be a key to gaining community support.
When you’re launching a new project, building a new facility or announcing an important initiative, there can often be questions or controversy. The team at Mower Public Affairs and Community Engagement has found that a key piece of a successful campaign often requires planning and executing public meetings that share information necessary for community support.
We’re experts in regulatory processes, and we know the best way to plan public meetings to underscore your organization’s key messages. We can illustrate the benefits of your project, strengthening community relations by translating complex data and providing transparent, accurate information to stakeholders to address community concerns.
How Mower will help:
- Develop messaging
- Present several format options for the public meeting
- Identify third-party support and potential allies
- Train the spokespeople who will represent the company
- Identify and secure a location
- Create content necessary for the public meeting, such as FAQs, videos and poster boards
- Track attendance at the meeting
- Record all questions and answers
Here are some examples of public meetings our Mower Public Relations and Public Affairs team has coordinated:
- Worked with Honeywell to design and implement public information outreach initiatives for one of the largest environmental remediation projects in the United States — the cleanup of Onondaga Lake.
- Led the community outreach required by state and local approval of SEQRA, Article VII, CPCN and local zoning in Maine and New York for AVANGRID’s $2 billion transmission upgrade project.
- Provided 18 months of complex outreach to key stakeholder groups to win approval to build a 330-mile underwater and underground transmission line for Transmission Developers Incorporated.
- Helped Lafarge North America gain public support and regulatory approval for the expansion of its cement manufacturing facility.
- Listened closely to community concerns to clear the way for Noble Environmental Power to complete construction of approximately 160 wind turbines.
- Increased 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.
- Organized state, federal and international government support for Plan 2014, a proposal from several 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.
Managed the preservation board meetings, community discussions, petitions and other community outreach to successfully convert an old packaging center into a world-class brewhouse, restaurant and museum for Genesee Beer.