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Sun., Jul. 5, 2015
Happy 4th of July...Thoughts on America's Future
By Robert Dilenschneider
fireworksIn the United States, you can say what you wish without being concerned about reprisal.  You can go to the church of your choice. You have access to the necessary resources and the ability to make something positive happen for yourself and for those dear to you.  And you do not have to be concerned or fearful about what you do regarding your future.  No other place in the world has these same freedoms.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Jul. 3, 2015
SVB Leads Aetna into Insurance Merger Frenzy
By Kevin McCauley
Sard Verbinnen & Co is handling media for Aetna's $37B deal announced today to acquire Humana of Louisville.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
Indiana Nixes PR Pact Tied to Religious Freedom Fallout
By Greg Hazley
indianaIndiana has cancelled its contract with Porter Novelli, inked in May over fallout from the state's religious freedom law.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
Palm Beach Eyes Cultural Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
palmPalm Beach's Cultural Council, which oversees more than $3.5M in annual grants for the arts, is looking for PR support to attract cultural tourism from the northeast corridor of the US.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
San Diego Dangles $1.6M Drought PR Pact
By Greg Hazley
san diegoSan Diego is dangling a $1.6M contract for a water conservation PR program as California grapples with an historic drought and water restrictions.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
Hola Cuba, Says B-M
By Kevin McCauley

cubaBurson-Marsteller has established a Cuba specialty team in Miami to counsel clients on political and economic conditions and prepare them for eventual market entry in the Communist state.

Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 7-02-2015
By Greg Hazley
Tourism Mexico's Ciudad Juarez, once 'global murder capital,' woos tourists back (Daily Mail) 
Arts Shakeup at one of NY's top PR agencies (Observer) 
Tourism Great Barrier Reef PR blitz after UNESCO ruling (AFR) 
Strategy What's next? Possibly the most important question for marketers and communicators (G. Grates) 
Corporate Business is good at 'general good' (B. Harrison) 
Politics An inside look at how Hilllary Clinton plays the media(Mother Jones) 
Media Gawker CEO warns staff of upcoming negative NY Post story (Romenesko) 
July 4 America's most historic PR campaign (L. Lane) 
Tools Instagram unveils the new explore tab (B. Hock) 
Cuba PR Exec: Why I support US-Cuba relations (N. Fernandez)
Cuba Cuba slowly expands Internet access (Brookings) 
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
Ace Aces Chubb With Joele Frank
By Kevin McCauley
chubbZurich-based ACE Ltd is acquiring venerable 133-year-old property insurer Chubb Group in a $28.3B cash/stock transaction with media support from Joele Frank.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
Next Fifteen Acquires London Agency for Text100
By Greg Hazley
incredibullNext Fifteen has acquired London agency IncrediBull World, a 21-staffer digital firm slated to be integrated into Text100.
Category: International
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
5W Serves Fancy Foods
By Kevin McCauley
5w5W Public Relations hosted a "growing gourmet" event June 30 at its New York offices to discuss trends and insights gleaned from Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Jul. 2, 2015
'Quadrennial Political Embarrassment' is Coming Around Once Again
By Joe Honick
The Presidential campaign or 'quadrennial political embarrassment' will soon swing into high gear, offering much entertainment but little enlightenment.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 7-01-2015
By Greg Hazley
Tools How to build rapport and pitch media using Twitter (T. Achilles) 
Careers Dear PR People: Calm down (N. Halliwell) 
Corporate Selling new ideas (N. Ashooh) 
Politics Bobby Jindal's Twitter chat goes awry (Salon) 
Food/Bev Dunkin' Donuts phases out styrofoam (HuffPost) 
Politics Christie tries to shed bully image in NH (CNN) 
Media News org's PR Twitter account 'applauds' SCOTUS decision(Wash Post)
Viral ALS Assn. comms. manager: What I learned during the Ice Bucket Challenge (Guardian)
Firms PR Firms that are independent and killing it (R. Iliff) 
RFP Comms. consultant for New Orleans City Council (link)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Berger Draws Up Communications for Dreamworks Animation
By Greg Hazley
dan bergerDan Berger, a News Corp. and 21st Century Fox alum, is moving to DreamWorks Animation to head corporate communications for the creative studio behind "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda."
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Teneo, SV Handle 'Merger of Equals' Deal
By Kevin McCauley
towers, willisTeneo Strategy and Sard Verbinnen & Co. work the $18B "merger of equals" between Britain's Willis Group Holdings and Towers Watson of Arlington.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Finsbury Advises Digicel IPO
By Greg Hazley

digicelDigicel Group, the Caribbean and Pacific island mobile telecom provider founded by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, is relying on Finsbury for PR counsel as it pursues an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Toyota's Hamp Quits Top PR Post
By Kevin McCauley
julie hampJulie Hamp, Toyota's PR chief, has resigned following her arrest two weeks ago for allegedly bringing illegal drugs into Japan.
Category: International
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Armenians Tap Edelman for Genocide Project PR
By Kevin McCauley
armeniaEdelman provided PR support for the National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial event in Washington.
Category: Foreign government
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Kekst Aids $3.5B Bahama Resort Bankruptcy
By Greg Hazley
baha marBaha Mar, a $3.5B Bahamas resort beset by construction delays, is relying on Kekst and Company for corporate communications support as it navigates Chapter 11.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015
Energy Pro Yeganian Trades Capstrat for GSG
By Greg Hazley
dana yeganianDana Yeganian, executive VP for Ketchum's Capstrat unit and head of its Duke Energy business, has moved to Global Strategy Group in New York as a senior VP.
Category: Public Affairs
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