About Us

Clients

Our clients represent leaders in the private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic enterprises.

Collaborators

We have colleagues who have special skills that we sometimes call on.

Clients

City of Delray Beach, Florida

We developed an innovative creative city plan for this charming, but often overlooked, city in the Miami mega-region that would leverage its authenticity and individuality by emphasizing its culture and arts for competitive advantage.

City of Memphis and Shelby County Governments

We have developed innovative programs for local governments, using our research and trend tracking abilities and our communications skills for provocative results. These include the first smart growth initiative in the region, culminating with a major summit hosted by Mayor A C Wharton and management of the transition program for the new administration of Shelby County. We created and led the process for Sustainable Shelby, the first sustainability plan of action for the Memphis region, and City of Choice, the new vision embraced by City of Memphis. This work includes white papers, branding, public relations, speech-writing, messaging, and media plans.

Hyde Foundation

We work on the philanthropic agenda of Memphis’s leading foundation. We have supported its work on school reform, arts and cultural strategies, green strategies and positioning Memphis nationally. This work includes a broad range of communications strategies, including white papers on strategic issues and the launch in Memphis of Teach For America, The New Teacher Project and New Leaders for New Schools and making the case for changes in Tennessee charter schools legislation.

Kansas City Area Development Council

Working with economist Joe Cortright of Impresa Consulting of Portland, Oregon, we prepared a Young and Restless report for a Missouri city seeking to develop, retain, and attract talented young professionals.

Leadership Academy

We provide strategic communications and messaging plans and objectives.

Leadership Memphis

Working with the Williams Company, we developed new strategic and organization plan for Memphis’s oldest leadership organization. In addition, we revamped the programming to address the “Four Dimensions of Successful Cities” and to identify and coordinate the nationally prominent speakers at each year’s community meeting.

Loeb Properties

Working with Susan Adler Thorp Company, we provided strategic advice to the area's largest commercial real estate developer as it considered new markets, defined its message, and developed its communications plans.

Memphis Bioworks Foundation

We developed the original messaging and presentations for funders and legislators for Tennessee’s leading biotechnology venture.

Memphis Tomorrow

We have helped with messaging, research, polling, and white papers for Memphis' CEOs organization as it pursues its mission of improved economic performance for Memphis.

Memphis Tourism Foundation

We developed the founding agenda, plans of action and a comprehensive communications plan for the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition, we set up the foundation’s first website and directed communications for the new organization.

Morgan Keegan Co.

We conducted a communications audit and provided strategic communications advice to one of the nation's largest regional investment firms.

National Civil Rights Museum

We conducted research and developed government relations plans for the museum. We wrote a position paper about its competitive context among human rights museums and historic places and we wrote scripts for the annual Freedom Awards ceremony.

Partners in Public Education

We acted a communications and policy adviser for Memphis' local education fund. We handled a wide range of public relations work, including management, development and writing of a new website. Also, we issued news releases, set up news conferences, wrote articles for the newsletter and e-newsletter and directed a branding program for the organization.

Pensacola Bay Chamber of Commerce

With partners BPM of Pensacola and Stone Mantel of Colorado springs, we developed a city branding plan for the Pensacola/Escambia County region. Final recommendations resulted from focus groups, public meetings, interviews, and a Smart City Diagnostics assessment.

Shelby Farms Park

We have a long relationship that began with repositioning Friends of Shelby Farms Park into a group driving resolution of contentious road issues and creating grassroots support for a privately-managed 4,500-acre park. We wrote the first brochures for the park, first case study in support of a bolder vision, positions papers, op-ed columns, news releases, and communications plans.

Tennessee Charter School Association

We have advised Tennessee's charter school leadership organization on communications, messaging, and printed materials explaining their challenges and opportunities.

The Urban Child Institute

We provided advice on communications, developed communications plans, and wrote articles for key publications and its e-newsletter.