The Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit civic organization committed to protecting and promoting the working waterfront of South Portland and Portland, Maine. In its role as a neutral convener of inclusive conversations, the Alliance hosted a public forum on a proposed cold storage warehouse on the Portland waterfront. The forum provided an opportunity for a panel of experts to address public questions about the cold storage business model and storage capacity, zoning, view and traffic impact, and more. Questions from attendees were written on paper and submitted in advance of the panel discussion. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of the panel discussion.
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Democracy Reforms Being Debated in Washington
March 1st, 2021 by Craig Freshley
Our Congress is currently debating HR 1, For the People Act. Advocates say the bill is the most consequential piece of voting legislation since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I’m all for it. In my opinion it will strengthen our democracy in critical ways. It will help us get along with each other better, …read more
Strategic Planning Basics
February 22nd, 2021 by Craig Freshley
Strategic planning means different things to different people. There are some very specific ways of doing it and some very specific formats. Yet to simplify things, I figure that if you have something in writing with these three qualities, you can call it a strategic plan. First, it’s a long term plan. A strategic plan …read more