- A national periodical published a cover story claiming fire-retardant chemicals in mattresses and household furnishings were carcinogenic and detrimental to public health. Almost immediately, legislation seeking to ban numerous flame retardant chemicals was filed in our legislature. We immediately mobilized the state’s fire marshals, burn surgeons, bio-chemical scientists and public safety experts to identify the risks such a ban would impose on the citizens of this state. Following a series of public hearings in which the safety of the chemicals were verified, the legislation was killed in committee.
- In a very difficult year for the state budget, a proposal was offered by the executive branch to dramatically restructure and reduce a very successful private college student grant program that provides financial assistant to over 5,000 students at sixteen colleges and universities. To preserve this critical program, we successfully worked to organize thousands of students across the state to contact and petition their legislators to maintain this grant program. Rallies were held, busses delivered students to the Capitol and individual testimony was provided by grant recipients to bring home the very real need of students who saw their education future in jeopardy. When the final appropriations bill passed the legislature, language was adopted to guarantee funding for students attending private colleges and universities. A financial crisis for many students was averted.
- A national insurance company found an unfilled nitch in Connecticut’s insurance market and wanted to start selling the state’s farmers a policy to protect against crop damage. Only one other company was authorized by the state Insurance Department to provide these policies. Making the case for a competitive market, we received the backing of the state Commissioner of Agriculture and were able to shorten the approval process for the new company’s insurance product from the typical two-year wait to three months.
- A group of community health centers were desperate to expand their infrastructure to accommodate the expected increase in patients entering the healthcare system as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act. Plans were developed at thirteen centers around the state to build new patient examining rooms and dental operatories and install electronic health record systems. A case was made that such improvements would pay for themselves by reducing costly emergency room visits for non-emergency care. The legislature agreed and provided millions of dollars in bond authorization for these new projects.
- A national corporation that had operated quietly in this state for years found itself disadvantaged in gaining new business opportunities due to a lack of public identity. We designed a strategy of introductions to high-level public officials, coordinated a series of newsworthy events and engaged stake holders to provide positive reviews on the corporation’s activities. These actions resulted in a significant spike in new business with the State of Connecticut.
- A housing development firm was seeking new business in this state. We raised the profile of the firm through a series of introductions to housing authorities, local elected officials, non-profit housing corporations, state housing agencies and legislators committed to housing rehabilitation and development. Leads from the new relationships resulted in millions of dollars in new business.
- A Connecticut-based international organization was confronted by court mandated social legislation that threatened its members’ values and business activities. We quickly designed and launched a hard hitting electronic campaign to alert the organization’s members to the imminent harm and provided the technical foundation to allow members to express their concerns to their legislators. Thousands of emails and phone calls convinced the state’s policy leaders to incorporate legal protections for the values of the organization.