Mdewakanton fire department earns prestigious performance rating

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s public safety department received a Class 2 performance rating from the Insurance Services Office. “Our department works hard every day to provide the best possible service, constantly improving and refining our facilities, processes, and procedures,” said Greg Hayes, director of Mdewakanton Public Safety.

With this extremely high ranking, Mdewakanton Public Safety now ranks within the top 2% of fire departments across the country.

Learn more about the honor in this Star Tribune article.

Native Farm Bill Coalition helps give voice to Natives concerned about proposed food stamp changes

The Farm Bill is one of the single largest pieces of domestic legislation in the United States, impacting a huge range of nutrition, agriculture, and rural development programs.

Some Native Americans groups, including the Native Farm Bill Coalition, are worried about proposed changes to the food stamp program, or “SNAP,” in the recently introduced Farm Bill legislation. Learn more in this Arizona Public Radio story.

Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean team up for Judson University World Leaders Forum

For nearly a decade, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean have engaged in vibrant discussions about a variety of topics including immigration, education, and sustainable energy. Despite their opposing viewpoints, their debates always have an undercurrent of mutual respect that is becoming more and more rare in today’s political climate.

Judson University hosted both gentlemen at its 2018 World Leaders Forum to talk about their viewpoints and the importance of keeping lively discussions respectful.

Learn more in this Chicago Tribune article.

We’re moving!

Rendering courtesy of NELSON

After decades in Lowertown, Goff Public is moving to the UBS tower in downtown Saint Paul. Our new office overlooks the Minnesota Capitol and the Minnesota Public Radio news ticker, a symbolic display of our two practice areas.

While we are not moving far - nine blocks to the west and nine stories up, our new office space will have a mid-century design with a modern flair. Highlights include:

  • Six times the amount of windows, flooding our office with natural light
  • High-tech conference rooms and collaboration spaces
  • Training and meeting space for up to 50 people to accommodate our growing media training business

Our new address is 444 Cedar Street, Suite 910, Saint Paul, MN 55101. The office has convenient parking and is easy to get to by bus and light rail as well.

Our first day in our new space will be Monday, May 21. We are excited to celebrate our new office with you at an open house this fall!

Amplifying advocacy through public relations

Public affairs efforts are most successful when they effectively blend public relations and government relations tactics. To raise an issue’s profile at the Capitol and influence decision makers, it is often helpful to ignite the public’s interest through strategically placed media stories or opinion columns.

A recent KARE-TV story on our client, the Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA), is a clear example of how effective advocacy and strong public relations efforts can result in getting your message heard on a larger scale. This Breaking the News segment highlighting MSCA’s efforts to impact change aired in advance of School Counselors Day at the Capitol and received significant buzz on social media and at the Capitol.

At Goff Public, our deep knowledge of government and politics informs our public relations work, and vice versa. Contact Jennifer Hellman to learn how we can help you successfully streamline your public relations and lobbying efforts.