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Last Updated: Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 @ 5:08 pm

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PR's Top Pros Talk: Jonathan Jordan

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Jonathan Jordan, Gen. Mgr. Edelman Southern California
Following the release of Edelman's Trust Barometer special report, “The Belief-Driven Employee,” Jonathan Jordan, general manager of Edelman's Los Angeles office, talks with Doug Simon about how to build trust among employees on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview.

Commentary

Google Does it Right; Amazon Crawls Back to NYC

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

GoogleGoogle pens love letter to New York City with $2.1B purchase of massive St. John's Terminal complex on Hudson River waterfront, while Amazon comes crawling back... Army suspends its top PA officer whose office ranks high in "workplace hostility" department... ESG presents an "opportunity to be seized," according to FTI Consulting's Resilience Barometer.

Livingston Seeks Justice for Sikhs

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bob LivingstonFormer House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston is representing New York-based Sikhs for Justice on issues related to the intimidation and harassment of US citizens of Sikh ethnicity for expressing their personal and political views.

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News of Firms: LLYC Acquires BESO to Become Mexico's Top Firm

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BESOLLYC acquires 75 percent of Mexican creative data-predictive agency BESO for $8.4M to become market leader in Mexico... Weber Shandwick launches its Media Security Center, which will leverage AI-driven technology to help organizations build resiliency around information threats... Trinity Hunt Partners private equity firm forms partnership with Exclusive Concepts, a digital marketing shop.

Accounts in Transit: KCSA Pumps Out PR for EzFill

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

ExFillKCSA Strategic Communications pumps out PR for EzFill Holdings, the first publicly traded on-demand mobile fuel company... Hemsworth Communications runs national media relations push for The Beaufort Bonnet Co., marketer of upscale baby and children's clothing... Cindy Riccio Communications laces on San Matin, UK footwear brand.

On the Move: Finsbury Hires Ex-EPA PA Advisor Bloomgren

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

David BloomgrenFinsbury Glover Hering names former EPA senior advisor for public affairs David Bloomgren as managing director for its DC-based energy & sustainability team... Bospar hires Lisa Morgan as vice president, content.. The Bliss Group hires Erin Harrison as VP in its business & professional services practice and adds Courtland Long and Janice Miller as VPs in its healthcare unit... MMGY NJF brings on Visit KC vet Derek Klaus as VP-PR.

Employees Say Employer Aligns With Their Values

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

PollAbout two-thirds (64 percent) of employees think that the organization they work for reflects their values, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll and employee activation agency Integral, resulting in benefits for employers.

No. Virginia's National Landing Seeks PR Firm

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

National LandingNational Landing, a public-private partnership formed to promote the businesses and communities of northern Virginia, is seeking PR firm to promote it as the nation’s most dynamic urban downtown district.

Qorvis Makes PR Calls for Cambodia

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

CambodiaQorvis has picked up a $70K monthly retainer pact for strategic communications and media relations services for Cambodia.

Learning the Importance of Leading by Example

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Christine O'Dwyer

Lisa Osborne-Ross & Dani VeiraEdelman US CEO Lisa Osborne Ross and past Washington Women in PR president Dani Veira discussed the importance of leading by example and creating an environment where communicators can be inspired and succeed at a recent WWPR webinar.

Ex-Rep. Schwartz Signs on at FTI's PR Unit

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Allyson SchwartzFormer Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has signed on as senior advisor at FTI Consulting’s strategic communications unit to counsel healthcare clients.

PR Industry Growth Hit Record Lows in 2020

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+Partners LLCThe COVID-19 pandemic slowed growth in the PR industry to only 3.1 percent in 2020, according to an annual survey conducted by Gould+Partners.

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On the Move: Finsbury Glover Hering Hires Kaiser Permanente's Weier

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Scott WeierFinsbury Glover Hering brings on Scott Weier as a partner in the health practice in DC... Walker Sands names Annie Gudorf managing director in its Seattle office and promotes Rachel Fukaya to VP-PR... Powerhouse Communications hires Kevin Twer as executive VP... Cornerstone Government Affairs recruits Ross Giesinger, who was policy advisor to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, for its Austin outpost.

Events: Live Big Apple Awards Set for Sept 28

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Big AppleThe PRSA-NY 2021 Big Apple Awards will be taking place at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on Sept. 28. This marks a return to an in-person event... LaVoieHealthScience is supporting the Inaugural BioFuture Conference: Reimagine the Future of Healthcare, which will take place as a live event at Cure by Deerfield in New York on Oct. 5-6... Women in PR North America will present the virtual 2021 Women In Public Relations Leadership Conference on Oct. 6.

RF Finds Americans Bullish on Future

Tue., Sep. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Ruder FinnDespite the difficulties and challenges of the past year, a new report from Ruder Finn finds that many Americans have a positive view of the past 12 months, and a majority think that things will improve in the future.