Public Strategies

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Public Strategies is a service offered by Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. providing consulting services to private and public entities in our region and beyond on Opportunity Zones and Funds, public policy, strategic communications, economic development, and public affairs.

We are local, connected, and invested. As attorneys, we understand how business and government operate and provide a uniquely practical perspective into our regional governments and businesses. As community leaders, we actively cultivate relationships in government and regional development organizations — relationships that are critical to the success of major projects.

We are able to leverage this knowledge and these relationships into tangible success. Let our experience work for you.

Who We Serve

Government and business often desire to work together, but largely speak different languages and must serve different and demanding constituencies. We are fluent in both government and business. We have the necessary expertise to help business and government articulate their vision and achieve their goals.

Opportunity Zones/Funds

We regularly advise communities, developers and investors on the opportunities presented by Qualified Opportunity Zones, as well as how to capitalize on the investment opportunity. This powerful economic development tool allows investors to defer payment on capital gains, to receive a step-up in basis on the tax they do pay, and to realize a tax free appreciation on an investment made in a Qualified Opportunity Zone through a Qualified Opportunity Fund. Learn more here.

Public Policy Consulting

The development and implementation of sound public policy is often a joint effort between government and community or business leaders. We have practical experience with crafting, advocating, explaining, and implementing complex public policy initiatives. We can assist your public policy efforts.

Strategic Communications

To achieve a goal, you must first be able to communicate it. The path to success begins by articulating your goals with the right audience in a strategic, consistent, and coordinated manner.

Our professionals will work with you to develop a communications plan that not only identifies what you should communicate, but also to whom, when, where, and how, all in a manner that advances your project goals.

Public Affairs

Achieving “change” in our local and state governments often requires conducting an awareness campaign on two fronts: raising awareness that an issue exists, and educating specifically targeted constituencies to help them understand why they should act to support your issue.

Whether it requires designing web-based grassroots efforts, coordinating traditional educational and advocacy campaigns, or simply facilitating public meetings, we have the necessary resources and experience to help you meet your goals.

For More Information

Please contact Timothy S. Wachter by phone at 814-459-2800 or by email.

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