We’re based in Chicago. The old adage about the Windy City is that politics is a contact sport, where the citizens vote “early and often,” along with their dead relatives. Those days are thankfully behind us, but we’re hanging onto that proverb as a good lesson for communicators. Early and often.

Local, state and federal governments have enormous communication needs and a vast, diverse audience of citizens, vendors, policy wonks and, of course, politicians. They’re all interested in what government has to say, but they’re also impatient.

For years, the knock on government communication was its pace: too slow, too bureaucratic, too many cooks in the kitchen. That’s still a problem, but the move toward transparency has made great gains in recent years, and government communicators work hard to cut through the clutter with content that is open and honest, in clear language accessible to everyone.

Government entities manage huge workforces, with employee spread far and wide, and multiple constituencies who seek different – and sometimes contradictory – outcomes.

We’ve helped these organizations assess their communication efforts, develop their strategy, embrace DE&I, and be better reporters and storytellers.

We can help. We’ve helped utilities tell better stories, build digital platforms, respond to crises, and engage their audiences internally and externally.

At Denver Water, the utility’s communicators developed a business case for better storytelling that aimed to showcase their expertise, increase their share of the conversation around water and take us behind the scenes of what it takes to run a utility responsible for one of the world’s most precious resources.

And to what end: Because when it comes to energy, utilities must prepare for some difficult conversations: about supply and demand, about safety, about climate change and alternative energies. We can help you do that.

Some of our clients include:

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