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Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
DCI Drafts Lee for VP
By Jon Gingerich
Judy LeeDevelopment Counsellors International has promoted Judy Lee to the role of vice president.
Category: Economic Development
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Palestinians Bank on DLA Piper
By Kevin McCauley
The Palestine Monetary Authority has inked a $600K pact with DLA Piper to strengthen its relationship with the US Government.
Category: Economic Development
Wed., Jul. 15, 2015
Tourism PR, Development Meet to Promote Destinations
By Karyl Leigh Barnes
klbColloboration between tourism PR and economic development organizations--once rare--is on the upswing to derive more benefits from branding campaigns.
Category: Economic Development
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015
Ex-Jerry Brown Aide Joins Edelman
By Kevin McCauley

kish rajanKish Rajan, who directed economic development efforts for California Governor Jerry Brown, has joined Edelman's Sacramento office at senior VP.


Category: Economic Development
Fri., Jun. 19, 2015
5W Rolls Out Yoga Mat for Indian Billionaire
By Kevin McCauley
chandra5W hosts Indian billionaire Subhash Chandra, who plans $90M nature cure center located at site of fabled Kutscher's Country Club, one-time grand resort of the Catskill Mountains' Borscht Belt.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., Jun. 4, 2015
F/W/V Roots for Raleigh
By Kevin McCauley
French/West/Vaughan has aced the review for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau following a pitch that grew to 18 shops.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., May 21, 2015
Chelsea Clinton Wows Internet Week
By Kevin McCauley
clintonChelsea Clinton addressed Internet Week today in New York, updating the audience on the role played by technology to help women and girls strive for full participation in the 21st Century.
Category: Economic Development
Mon., Apr. 13, 2015
Indiana Hires PN for Tourism PR, BizDev
By Kevin McCauley
indianaIndiana's Economic Development Corp. has hired Porter Novelli to bolster its global standing as a good place to live, visit and do business.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., Mar. 19, 2015
LEA Bolsters Detroit
By Kevin McCauley
detroitLambert, Edwards & Assocs, has signed on with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to position the area as a 24/7 live-play-work neighborhood of the revitalizing city.
Category: Economic Development
Fri., Sep. 12, 2014
Uncle Sam Ups Communications Spending
By Kevin McCauley
uncle samThe Small Business Government Communications Network has released its Federal Communications & Creative Services Report, finding that 2013 spending rose 17.2 percent to $1.7B.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Ex-Clinton Aide Pushed Keystone Pipe
By Kevin McCauley

hillary lefebvreA former aide of Hillary Clinton worked on a three-month project to bolster support for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that would transport heavy tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Category: Economic Development
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Uganda Lands on Mercury
By Kevin McCauley

Uganda flagUganda, which faced intense human rights pressure over its tough anti-gay law, has inked a one-year $600K contract with Mercury Public Affairs to promote trade and investment.

Category: Economic Development
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014
PA EconDev Agency Seeks Pitches
By Greg Hazley
nepaThe economic development agency for Pennnsylvania's northeast has cast a net for a communications firm to tout the imrportance of an endangered military base and pitch the region overall.
Category: Economic Development
Fri., Apr. 25, 2014
FTI Consulting Touts Hong Kong Development
By Kevin McCauley
hong kongFTI Consulting represents the business and political interests of Hong Kong Trade Development Council via a one-year contract valued in the $450K range.
Category: Economic Development
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
EL Segundo Touts Tech Savvy
By Kevin McCauley
el segundoEl Segundo slates a $450K PR push to position the southern California city as a low-cost technology hub.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., May 30, 2013
Washington Scrambles PR Effort After Bridge Collapse
By Greg Hazley
bridgeGov. Jay Inslee of Washington has allocated $150K for a marketing and PR push to support local economies severely affected by the May 23 collapse of an interstate highway bridge, which garnered national attention after it was captured on video.
Category: Economic Development
Fri., May 10, 2013
DCI Leads Albuquerque Biz Push
By Greg Hazley
AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque has brought in Development Counsellors International to kick off the initial PR phase of a national economic development push to lure business to the city.
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Trust is What’s Ailing Healthcare
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McCarthy Must Be Smiling
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Thu., Oct. 27
Getting the Most Out of Your Pitching Hours
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Wed., Oct. 26
Integrated Communications in the Life Sciences
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Tue., Oct. 25
NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
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Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
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Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
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Santa Monica Seeks Marketing Help
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Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
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Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
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Wed., Oct. 5
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