Davies Defuses Crises
We minimize damage by managing the message and the messenger - on your own team, in the media, and within government agencies. We help you avert a poor response to unexpected events by ensuring you are prepared. When a crisis does occur, we get your story out quickly and effectively, and work to frame the discussion in the direction that best complements the business.
The Davies Approach to Crisis Abatement
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Davies puts the public to work for you
We win by defining the terms of the debate and amplifying voices of public support in regulatory agency processes that are too often dominated by a vocal group of obstructionists. From gaining unanimous approval for a wind farm while the local community had already spent $2MM opposing it, to taking a development initiative that was down by 37% when we took it on, and transforming that into a win with a 38% margin of victory, we always find a way. The Davies approach has succeeded in gaining permits for oil and gas, fly-ash disposal sites, solar and wind farms, transmission and port infrastructure, and power plants of every type.
How We Win
First California Wind Farm Faces United Opposition
Despite being a "green" project, major environmental groups were united against plans to create the first ever wind farm on the California Coast."
South American Natural Gas Positioned for Success
An innovative energy company needed positioning as a leader in the field, and messaging to help inoculate against criticism.
Upstart energy company overcomes stiff competition
A new energy company had plans to develop an offshore LNG platform, but was opposed by a well-established, deep-pocketed competitor.
Fierce Power Plant Opposition Changed to Support
An electric generation company faced growing local opposition to its aging plants and concerns over methods of coal-ash disposal.
Mirant Mid-Atlantic Energy
"Davies helped Mirant implement a successful grassroots program to educate and engage the public on behalf of our Potomac River Generating Station and played a key role in ensuring that supporters’ voices were heard at public hearings and through the public comment period. Davies continues to aide Mirant on several fronts from crafting strategic messaging to helping with employee grassroots activation programs."
Misty Allen, Director Mid-Atlantic External Affairs
Acciona Energy North America
"Davies assisted Acciona in gaining approval by the Board of Supervisors in a county known for its strict land use policy and active environmental groups, by helping to build grassroots public support for California's first-ever coastal wind energy farm, resulting in a 5-0 approval."
A. Harley McDonald, Project Developer
"For more than a decade, Davies has provided incident response and crisis communications support for Exxon-Mobil U.S. Productions coastal California operations. Davies developed a detailed public affairs first response protocol and provides 24/7 on call support, considered a model by U.S. Productions Public Affairs. The firm plays an integral role in strategy and support for incidents, operational issues routine drills and agency multi-day drills."
Alexandra Roberts-Judd, US Production Public Affairs Manager
Opponents fight mining and industrial operations based on fear
Until this fear of the unknown is addressed, the benefits of jobs, tax revenue, and economic stimulus will fall on deaf ears. We demystify complex processes and present them simply, while telling your pro-growth, environmental story. Davies has booked successes in turning the public tide to gain permits for uranium, gold, silver, copper, frack sands, and industrial mineral sites.
The equation of earning public support
Asphalt Plant Stirs Fears
An asphalt plant is not the type of project to elicit a lot of vocal support. In fact communities, communities generally unite in opposition.
Dramatic Turnaround at Open Pit Mine
When Davies took charge of community relations our client's mine proposal was swamped in controversy.
"Davies uncovered misunderstandings and found the best messages and means to meet and talk with people in our small community, allowing us to make new friends, build a movement of support, and overwhelm the naysayers — resulting in a timely approval of an extension and expansion for our mine. Not only did Davies get how to motivate supporters, they literally understood the opponents next move, before they made them."
Alfred Kuenkel, Corporate Communications
"Securing a mining permit is fraught with challenges, especially overcoming public and environmentalist opposition. How the public perceives a mining proposal sets the agenda of debate for the public review and permitting process.
Davies’ wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience in shaping public opinion and organizing public support for mining makes them an invaluable part of a permitting team. They greatly enhance your ability to secure permits in a timely manner."
Bob Evans, CFO
Davies redefines real estate entitlement
Our unique and proprietary approach is legendary -- a reputation earned by winning approval for more than 310 developments over 30 years. We win by crafting and delivering messages that activate people to speak out and petition passionately in support of your development. At Davies, we are not satisfied until we have shifted public opinion, with citizen advocates outnumbering, and outworking opponents.
How We Help Win Entitlements
Entrepreneur Changes Treasured Landmarks
A high-profile businessman moved to an exclusive coastal community and began acquiring renowned hotels, clubs, and golf courses -- all cherished local landmarks — with ambitious plans to modify, rehabilitate, or expand each. However, within a very short period of time, the businessman faced a firestorm...
Citizens Rally Against Proposed Subdivision
When Davies entered the fight over development of 650-acres known for its pristine beauty, the issue had been defined as "Save-or-Pave" by no fewer than four groups organized to fight our client's proposal.
Developer Faces Multi-Pronged Opposition
A bid to create a premier destination resort-casino in South-Central Kansas was opposed by three counter-proposals from politically connected competitors who had mobilized thousands of vocal opponents. Complicating the situation was a state legislator and his allies focused on killing our client's proposal.
Project Targeted by Anti-Growth Initiative
In one of the most stringent anti-growth counties in the country, opponents of a high-density residential project placed an anti-growth measure on the ballot with the specific purpose of blocking our client’s project.
Community Activated for Infill Proposal
A proposal to recycle a quarry and turn the area into nearly 5,000 homes, offices, and a retail center faced fierce opposition due to the proposed location in an already-congested area of a major city. Represented by a fervently anti-growth council member, the area had a history of anti-development community activism.
Campus Expansion Prevails
A small college in an exclusive residential community with a fierce NIMBY ethic wanted to double its campus size with 20 new buildings totaling 300,000 ft2. Opponents used local media and an aggressive misinformation campaign to create the illusion that the entire community was opposed.
Sares Regis Group
"When it comes to creating strategic messages and winning community relation programs, there is no firm more effective than Davies."
Russ Goodman, President
"Davies strategy and tactical ability is phenomenal! I have used firms in the past, and they just don't get it, but Davies worked 24 hours a day to figure out the real problem and how to overcome the issues. I have never found another firm that works like that."
Chuck Lande, President