Friday, January 29, 2010
Chief Operating Officer Paula Howard recently completed her sixth year on the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and her fifth year on the Executive Committee. While volunteering on the board, Paula was active in membership campaigns, the Republican National Convention Task Force, and the Strategic Planning Task Force.
Mike Zipko and Bob Goff have both served on the Chamber’s Political Action Committee, and Patty Dunn, Heidi Larson, and Jennifer Hellman are alumnae of the Chamber’s Leadership Saint Paul. Most Goff & Howard team members continue to be active members of the Chamber.
Our involvement with the Chamber helps us contribute to a conversation on city and state issues, network with area business leaders, and enhance our knowledge of trends and issues that impact our clients. Goff & Howard is proud to be involved in Saint Paul civic life, and we hope you join us to make our city an even better place to live and work.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This crucial victory was only possible with the help of hundreds of Linder's supporters who got involved by signing a petition and contacting city officials. The 100-year-old company successfully weaved both traditional and new lobbying techniques to harness grassroots energy to help produce an overwhelming show of support – more than 500 people signed the petition.
As Dave Linder said, "It is great that when the community spoke the Council listened. Democracy works!"
We are proud to be a part of your team. Congratulations!
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Polaris recently completed a multi-state public affairs effort to update the ATV definitions in 10 states in which some of their vehicles did not meet the legal definitions for an ATV. Now, Polaris’ newest, safest, and most innovative products can be registered and used on public land, state trails, and other riding areas in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Friday, January 22, 2010
1. Blogging is harder than it looks – finding the right mix of provocative, funny and serious topics is an art.
2. Update frequently, but only if you have something interesting to say. Quality matters!
3. Keep posts short and sweet – these days, no one has time to read pages of text.
4. Get the whole team involved – it takes a village and an entire office to keep a blog fresh and the views diverse.
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes the best ideas and posts come from just having fun with an idea.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tiger should take some advice from Grand Forks Public Information Officer John Bernstrom. Brilliant.
Read more about it here.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Yes – I know – the topic of social media as the biggest change of the decade is cliché and overused, but it is a topic that hits close to home. I grew up in Kathryn, North Dakota, a small farming town with a population of 60. This town is too small to be on any reporter’s radar screen, and the nearest newspaper is in a community 20 miles away. Kathryn doesn’t even have its own Web site.
When the town and farms in the area were threatened by major flooding in April 2009, getting the latest news from Kathryn was actually fairly easy – thanks to Facebook. Residents and those of us with family in the area received reliable news and photos through Facebook updates – something that was not possible ten years ago.
In 2010, no community is too remote for news anymore. Because of Facebook, Twitter, and other interactive Web sites, rural America is more connected to the population centers that distribute and consume news.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today we celebrate one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of creating memorable language: Martin Luther King, Jr. Grounded in human rights and the Baptist ministry, King combined the power of words and voice to inspire people to become involved in the civil rights movement. Some of King’s words are as well-known now as they were in the 1960s:
• “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
• “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
• “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Timeless words like these are an important part of King’s legacy, and they continue to inspire writers – like those of us at G&H – to choose words with purpose.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The building is alive with hundreds of new faces that now call Lowertown home. This is great for
1. Joe Mauer and the MN Twins will agree to a new contract the day before Twins Fest starts.
2. The Vikings will not win the Superbowl.
3. The Minnesota Wild will make the playoffs, win the first round, and then lose in the second round.
4. There will be frost on the field for the first exhibition game in Target Field between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Twins.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Goff & Howard team members are local news junkies. As active members of the Twin Cities business community, we have a vested interested in our metropolitan area. Here are Goff & Howard’s predictions for the top five local news stories of 2010:
1. 2010 will be the year of the trial – Denny Hecker and numerous cases connected to the Minnesota Gang Strikeforce will produce multiple trials, charges, and plea bargains that will create news throughout the year.
2. Construction of light rail along the Central Corridor will begin, lawsuits will continue, and routes will continue to be debated.
3. As with the Republican National Convention in 2008, progressive, tech-oriented groups – like The Uptake – will break stories and/or catch 2010 gubernatorial candidates in scandals using an iPhone and a new live webcast video app.
4. Democrats will be hard-pressed to win back the Governor’s office.
5. Brad Pitt will play Mitch Rapp in “Consent to Kill,” the first movie to be made from a book by
Monday, January 11, 2010
1. Media News and Hubbard Broadcasting will announce a new partnership to create a new multimedia Minnesota channel that will bring Pioneer Press and KSTP reporters together into one hybrid newsroom.
2. Based on the success in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas – as well as the increased interest in Brett Favre – ESPN will launch ESPN Minnesota and hire reporters who have been laid off by both metro daily papers to generate the local content.
3. We will still have two daily papers.
4. Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. will create her own iPhone App.
5. A new start-up based in the Twin Cities will help authors sell and market their books via the new Mac tablet computer.