Getting results from your 2017 announcements

Whether you’re planning an acquisition, a new campaign, or other major initiative, getting the best results from your announcement will depend on the strength of your strategy. Goff Public has several tips to help you prepare, and we are always just a phone call away:

Consider external events before scheduling your announcement. If you want your news to become a headline, avoid days preceding a holiday, legislative committee deadlines, and other competing occasions.

Determine the order in which to communicate with your internal and external audiences. You likely will want your employees to know before the news media and elected officials.

Consider a variety of communications tactics, and get creative.

Develop a plan in case your news is leaked ahead of time, and consider preparing a media statement for that scenario.


Increasing demand for urgent care leads St. Francis to open second clinic in Shakopee

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is opening a second urgent care location in a Shakopee retail district Wednesday to fill a need for more accessible health care services. The $1.5 million facility, based in Southbridge Crossing off Hwy. 169 and County Road 21, will accommodate between 10,000 and 12,000 patients in its first year. Staffed primarily with physicians, patients will have access to services at the main St. Francis hospital, about five miles west of the clinic.

Learn more in this Star Tribune article.


Higher Ground Saint Paul opens

Catholic Charities opened of Higher Ground Saint Paul, the first phase of the Dorothy Day Place project that includes a larger, more dignified emergency shelter and permanent housing units.

The nonprofit marked this milestone with donors, elected officials, and business leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony; provided special access to reporters on a tour of the new building; and celebrated with clients as they moved in to the emergency shelter. This strategic approach ensured that they communicated appropriately with their various stakeholders and increased public awareness of Higher Ground Saint Paul through media coverage.

Learn more about Higher Ground Saint Paul in this Pioneer Press article.


Shakopee tribe to fund national AmeriCorps VISTA project to address the Native food crisis

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced a partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA to bring 21 VISTA volunteers to 10 low-resource Native American communities to establish and stabilize food sovereignty efforts, food systems, and tribal economies that build economic opportunities around food and agriculture. As an initiative of its Seeds of Native Health campaign to improve Native American nutrition and food access, the SMSC is providing a $200,000 gift to fund the cost-share for VISTA members’ living allowance in the first year of the program. This represents the first time in VISTA’s 52-year history in which a tribe is providing funding to deploy VISTA members nationally.

Learn more in this Indian Country Today article.


Goff Public seeks communications associate

Goff Public, a public relations and government relations firm in Saint Paul, is looking for a utility player who can assist with day-to-day account activities.

The communications associate will be exposed to a wide array of clients and activities. Duties include assisting multiple client teams with writing, creating media lists, developing presentations, light graphic design, monitoring media and social media, managing websites, and preparing recurring client reports.

This is an ideal job for someone who is curious, interested in learning about the public relations industry, and enjoys working on a wide variety of projects.

This is a full-time, salaried position with generous benefits. A post-secondary degree is required. Enthusiasm and attention to detail are musts. Experience with InDesign, Photoshop and Prezi is helpful.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Sue Kuncio ( by Monday, January 23. Use your cover letter to tell us who you are, what energizes you, how your experience would make you a successful member of our team, and why you want to work at Goff Public.

Based in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, Goff Public’s company culture is built on teamwork, innovation and creativity. Goff Public has been in business for more than 50 years and consistently wins “best places to work” awards.