Monthly Archive: March 2009

Mar 24

Community organizing for jobs

I spent today in Glenns Ferry doing community organizing (take that, Barack Obama!). One of my clients is Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., which has proposed a large nuclear reactor near Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, about 65 miles southwest of Boise. I drove to Glenns Ferry eager to meet with residents, particularly local small business …

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Mar 18

Empowering coterminous predictors of beaconicity

One of my passions is clear, simple language. Jargon dominates many public policy discussions and I’m compiling a list of examples here. The Local Government Association of England has clearly surpassed my meager list. They have compiled 100 banned words and phrases, released to coincide with Plain English Day 2007. The puffery and euphemisms include: …

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Mar 17

Thousands of jobs hinge on water settlement

I recently distributed the following news release for one of my clients, the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators. Surprisingly, the media coverage thus far doesn’t seem to grasp the economic dimension of the problem. The mainstream press has more or less portrayed it as a fight over water – it’s that and much more. NEWS RELEASE …

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Mar 11

Check "all of the above" for energy policy

I attended a presentation last night sponsored by the United States Green Building Council, Idaho Chapter, where Snake River Alliance discussed energy policy. One of my clients is Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., which is seeking to build a nuclear plant in Elmore County, and the SRA vituperatively opposes the project. It’s clear most decision makers …

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Mar 06

Stimulus plan could help new convention center

Good work by the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the state for putting in a request for federal stimulus money to finally build a larger downtown Boise convention center.  I did some PR consulting work for GBAD in 2002 and I applaud their persistence in trying to get this important part of our economy in place. The …

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