Meet our newest government relations team member: Kevion Ellis

We are pleased to welcome Kevion Ellis to our government relations team as a legislative assistant. Kevion comes to Goff Public from Colorado, where he served as president of the University of Northern Colorado’s student body while earning his bachelor’s degree in international affairs. Kevion worked as a legislative intern for then-State Representative Dave Young (now Colorado state treasurer) and managed a campaign for Greeley City Council. Born and raised in the small town of Paris, Texas, Kevion is an avid NBA fan.

The legislative session is here…are you ready?

Today marks the first day of the Minnesota Legislature’s 2019 session – and there will be many fresh faces at the State Capitol. In addition to a new administration, nearly 30 percent of the Minnesota House of Representatives will also be new to the Capitol.

Do you know who the elected officials are that represent your organization and its stakeholders? Do these new elected officials know who you are?

Being successful in the halls of government requires political insight and relationships, strategic judgment and persuasive messaging. Goff Public’s bipartisan team offers a range of government relations services, from direct lobbying to issue tracking and polling to coalition building and advocacy. Contact Elizabeth Emerson to learn how Goff Public can help you this session.

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota celebrates centennial, looks to the future

When the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota was founded 100 years ago, many contractors still used horse-drawn equipment, mixed concrete by hand and assumed that some workers might not live to see the end of their project.

“It used to be taken for granted, or was not considered abnormal, to lose three or four lives on a large construction project,” Tim Worke, AGC-Minnesota’s CEO, said in an interview about AGC’s past and future. “We would never stand for that today.”

Learn more about AGC’s centennial in Finance & Commerce.

Minnesota is among the leaders in giving to American Indian causes

The Star Tribune highlights recent analysis from the Colorado-based nonprofit First Nations Development Institute showing Minnesota is home to six of the 30 foundations most generous to Native American causes. Between 2006 and 2014, Minnesota-based organizations gave $118.5 million to Indian Country. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is among the most prominent givers with $18 million in gifts to Indian causes last year. The tribe’s Business Council discusses the SMSC’s approach to giving.

Learn more in the Star Tribune.

Saint Paul’s cultural districts could get boost from new comprehensive plan

The City of Saint Paul’s draft 2040 comprehensive plan calls for a new focus on 64 “neighborhood nodes.” The plan calls for easing zoning restrictions in these key intersections and destinations to promote a variety of uses.

This could mean greater public and private investment in existing cultural districts, from the District del Sol on St. Paul’s West Side to the Creative Enterprise Zone at Raymond and University avenues, as well as the creation of new ones.

Read more in the Pioneer Press.

Cali Owings joins our public relations team

Business reporter turned communications pro Cali Owings joined the Goff Public team earlier this month as a public relations account executive. Cali comes to us from a Fortune 500 real estate company where she managed media relations, internal communications, and social media. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and covered higher education, real estate development, transit, and urban planning as a professional journalist. Cali is a new Saint Paulite and self-identified “cat lady.”

Creating compelling video content

The way people consume news and share information is increasingly visual. From data and statistics to inspirational stories, Goff Public can help you captivate your audiences with compelling video content.

From video recaps like this highlight reel of a panel discussion of women leaders in engineering hosted by Flint Hills Resources to broad organizational overviews like this video about the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to short video features like this biography of a Minnesota Oncology surgeon, we help clients make impactful videos for a variety of purposes.

Contact Chris Duffy to learn how we can collaborate to make your next video a memorable experience that viewers will want to share.