High Stakes Communication Strategy

  • Worked with Maricopa County Departments of Air Quality and Public Health on the public response to community concerns about aggregate mining/residential conflicts, air quality and health fears near the Agua Fria river mining district.
  • Conducted extensive research and made recommendations for Maricopa County response to H1N1 pandemic planning and immunization efforts.
  • John Godec is the former Director of Issues and Crisis Management for the global Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola Corporation. Developed a corporate program and supervised a staff guiding an $8-billion form to be, and be recognized, as a credible and responsible corporate citizen. Developed and implemented a crisis prevention and management program for 32 manufacturing and design facilities around the world, employing more than 50,000 people.
  • Consultant to the Associated Highway Patrolmen of Arizona, coaching highway patrol officers on news media, political and public issues.
  • Conducted community relations activity on a proposal for a petroleum contaminated soil thermal remediation facility in Phoenix. Served as regulatory agency spokesperson at a public protest at the ADEQ headquarters building. Produced news releases and fact sheets pertaining to the issue and helped plan and manage a formal public hearing.
  • Planned and conducted public information/community relations activity for a permit application by Phoenix Cement Company in Clarkdale, Arizona, to burn used tires as fuel in cement kilns. Hosted open house, served as regulatory spokesperson for the project, and produced news releases and fact sheets. Hosted and moderated a highly polarized public meeting in Cottonwood, Arizona, attended by an estimated 700 people. Responded to activists and public protest. Planned and helped orchestrate a public hearing on the issue several weeks later.
  • Worked with Phoenix neighborhood residents on their suspicion of hazardous chemicals located under homes and causing health problems for children. Managed extensive public information campaign working with authorities to develop investigative protocol. Facilitated and co-hosted contentious public meetings, handled media inquiries and worked with the real estate community developing communication strategy.
  • Developed strategy, reached a public and government consensus, planned and executed a successful public involvement program and informational open houses in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. The program was instituted in response to extraordinary media attention and severely eroded credibility of authorities dealing with environmental and health issues along the US/Mexico border. An outreach program was eventually conducted in full partnership with a nationally known citizen activist group, Living Is For Everyone (LIFE). Helped facilitate opening of a local dedicated LIFE office. Proposed and helped facilitate opening of the local offices of the two state regulatory agencies involved. Designed a communications plan to overcome a local illiteracy rate twice that of the state average. Produced a public open house/health fair held in Nogales, Arizona as well as Nogales, Sonora, after winning support from the Mexican government.
    An environmental/health communications program was then instituted for border sister communities. Proposed and received federal funding to produce an innovative prototype informational bilingual video. Received commitments from border cable television outlets for regular broadcast and reached agreements with libraries and video rental stores to make program available for free distribution.

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