Joab Ortiz

Joab Ortiz
Associate Public Involvement Specialist
Email Joab
P: 816-349-6766

Engaging, Communicating and Building Relationships

Engaging, Communicating and Building Relationships

Public involvement and outreach at Burns & McDonnell goes beyond press releases and open houses. Our goal is to engage the full range of project stakeholders early, often and throughout a project.

But who are project stakeholders? They're anyone either affected by or with influence over any phase of a project. They can be property owners, community residents, neighbors, elected officials, civic leaders, government agencies, business owners, neighborhood association members. The success of your project is dependent on how well your project team builds, maintains and manages relationships with the public at large and specific project stakeholders throughout the project timeline.

Siting authorities, environmental permitting agencies and local governments are increasingly insisting that community stakeholders have a more active voice in the planning and execution of projects. At the same time, the communication explosion powered by the Internet and social media is empowering the public at large to influence, oppose or support projects in ways like never before.

Your Public Face for Community Involvement and Outreach

Early, frequent and ongoing engagement with stakeholders enables valuable input at each stage and provides a mechanism for demonstrating how input received was incorporated into the project decision-making process. As your project public involvement and outreach arm, Burns & McDonnell stakeholder management specialists can focus on highly responsive project input and positive stakeholder experiences while your public relations staff continues to manage your organization's full communications plan.

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  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Public outreach
  • Data management
  • Project websites
  • Project hotlines
  • Communications materials
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Media coordination
  • Communication plans
  • Staff augmentation
  • Open houses
  • Local leader meetings
  • Surveys