Woolson Among Featured Speakers at IAMU Workshop on Stormwater Utilities

July 19, 2005

Eric Woolson, president and CEO of The Concept Works, will be one of the featured speakers at a Sept. 1 stormwater utility workshop in Ankeny, Iowa, sponsored by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.


Other speakers include Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities environmental scientist Pat Sauer, Bettendorf Public Works Director Wally Mook, SeeCity GIS consultant Jim Petro, and Iowa City Engineer Brian Boelk.


Woolson’s presentation is entitled, “Effective Public Relations for Your Stormwater Utility: How to Persuade Constituents that the Future is Now.” In addition to his experience in developing communications strategies and tactics for public sector entities, Woolson is a regular contributor to Stormwater and Erosion Control. The magazines are published by Forester Communications, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company, (www.forester.net).


Woolson founded The Concept Works in 2002. The West Des Moines, Iowa, firm specializes in government, public and media relations and crisis management for corporations, nonprofit organizations and political clients.


For additional information about the conference, contact Pat Sauer at 1-800-810-4268.


Woolson Article on Davenport Utility’s Challenges Highlights Current “Stormwater”

July 15, 2005

A contentious debate over the creation of a stormwater utility in the city of Davenport, Iowa, is the subject of an article, written by Eric Woolson, in the latest issue of Stormwater magazine.


The story begins, “Recognizing the value of forming a stormwater utility, Davenport city officials brought citizens and business leaders into the discussion early and often. They received anything but appreciation for their efforts. What’s a local government to do when the best-laid plans go awry?”

Woolson’s articles appear regularly in publications owned by Forester Communications, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company, (www.forester.net).


“The story of Davenport’s newly formed stormwater utility demonstrates the immense value of public relations activities and community outreach,” said Woolson, owner of The Concept Works, Inc., a West Des Moines, Iowa, public and government relations firm. “It’s a story in which you can’t help but feel a great deal of empathy for city officials and yet it’s equally easy to appreciate some of the frustration that is voiced by the business community and local taxpayers. There are some valuable lessons for public officials in the Davenport saga.”


The Concept Works, a West Des Moines, Iowa, firm, specializes in government, public and media relations and crisis management for corporations, nonprofit organizations and political clients.

Noting That ‘Need Knows No Season,’ Local Salvation Army Launches Christmas in July

July 6, 2005

Citing a constant need for support of families and individuals in need, the Des Moines Salvation Army will conduct its third annual “Christmas in July” campaign to raise funds and public awareness for the community’s pressing social demands.


The Salvation Army’s familiar red donation buckets and volunteer bell ringers will be posted at a number of locations around the metro area from July 18-23 as the non-profit organization strives to achieve a goal of $50,000.


“Salvation Army bell ringers are a familiar sight during the Christmas holiday season but need knows no season. ‘Christmas in July’ is a week where the bells and buckets make a summertime appearance for the very important purpose of raising the much-needed funds to help continue the goodwill and practical help the Salvation Army provides,” said Major Keith Petrie. “‘Christmas in July’ is important not only in terms of raising additional funds to meet those needs. It also serves as an important reminder to all of us that many individuals and families face year-round needs – and our thoughts and actions should reflect those concerns.”


Salvation Army Board member Matt Marckmann said, “For the past 125 years, the Salvation Army has been helping the neediest in communities around the globe. The people of Des Moines have always responded to their neighbors in need and we’re urging them to come through once again to provide the array of services that can only result from an outpouring of public generosity.”

Petrie noted that the first event of the Christmas in July campaign is a kick-off outdoor lunch at Premier Credit Union, 800 Ninth St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 14. The lunch is open to all; a $5 donation to Salvation Army is requested. Premier Credit Union and KCCI-TV are sponsors of the Christmas in July campaign.


The Concept Works, a West Des Moines public and government relations firm, is coordinating the campaign’s media and fund-raising activities.