Community Relations

When a developer is sent back to the drawing board by a negative town meeting vote, a business’ project is counting on the successful acquisition of local approvals and permits, or a public utility needs to enlist the cooperation of several towns to conduct an upgrade, O’Neill and Associates community relations services can help. Our community relations campaigns integrate government relations and public relations services to help clients garner support for or neutralize opposition to their projects.

O’Neill and Associates’ work beings with development of messages highlighting the benefits of a proposed project in a way that resonates with each key constituency. These messages are then incorporated into strategically-designed materials including fact sheets, mailings, presentations and project specific websites.

Understanding the intricacies of working in communities with highly-involved constituents and active community groups, the core of every O’Neill and Associates community relations campaign is attention to the grassroots. By hosting town-hall style meetings to identify and address community concerns, going door-to-door to communicate with neighbors, and identifying those supporters who can influence others, O’Neill and Associates leaves no stone unturned.

O’Neill and Associates provides direct advocacy with the municipal and state officials whose support our clients seek. Our relationships extend to city councilors, town managers, conservation commission members, environmental authorities, and other officials throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including Springfield, Worcester, Attleboro and Cape Cod. Working with our contacts at building and planning offices from across the region, O’Neill and Associates helps clients successfully navigate each step of the permitting process.

Specific Services

  • Message Development
  • Collateral materials development
  • Public presentations
  • Government relations
  • Permitting and approvals

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Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has provided and assured the highest quality of health care for homeless men, women and children in Boston since 1985.  For many years, BHCHP operated a respite care facility for the homeless at 461 Walnut Avenue in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, though their primary operations were eventually temporarily relocated. While planning to...

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