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  • What Is Pulbic Involvement ? / Florida's Job Economy.
    July 30,2014

    What is Public involvement?

    The Merchant Strategy works with area businesses to effectively compete for public and private contracts by developing new community contacts, and strengthening existing relationships.

    The Merchant Strategy (TMS) is constantly working with their clients to provide services to guide them through the processes of business development, through Government Relations, marketing and Public Involvement, while staying connected on a community level.

    “We want to be a part of the vibrant business community, networking, and building alliances so that we can help others grow in the community,” said TMS president Sharon Merchant.

    Public Involvement consists of a series of activities and actions to both inform the public and stakeholders and to obtain input from them which influences decisions that affect their lives regarding transportation, and other day to day activities. This enables agencies to make better informed decisions and builds mutual understanding and trust between the agencies and the public they serve by providing Public Information.

    The Merchant Strategy has performed these public involvement informational tasks which include holding public hearings, preparing collateral materials and websites, publicity, public relations, and advertising for the past decade, to keep the clients and the community informed and connected.

    Examples of projects that might require public involvement would be complex road projects, large underground utility projects, or siting of a new landfill. In each case the lead agency (Florida Department of Transportation, Solid Waste Authority, Cities, or Counties) may be required to include public involvement as a critical part of the project to inform the public well in advance, to work in a collaborative manner to answer questions, and to resolve issues before any work begins.

    Public Involvement is often a requirement for transportation engineers, road and highway construction contractors when performing jobs for Departments of Transportation, and City and County agencies. TMS has performed public involvement for the City of West Palm Beach, the Florida Department of Transportation, and various engineering companies, including Calvin Giordano, Stanley Consultants, and CDM.

    “Merchant Strategy has well performed tasks related to public involvement on a number of different contracts with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and various other pursuits. We have been very happy with the services provided by The Merchant Strategy and look forward to a long and fruitful business relationship, long into the future.” said John Downes, Manager of Florida Operations, Stanley Consultants, Inc.

    Public Involvement sometimes referred to as Public Outreach, can also be utilized to inform the public about small business opportunities in the community. These usually have public funding, such as the new Convention Center hotel, being built in West Palm Beach.

    With the State of Florida investing a record $8.8 billion in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), to make strategic transportation improvements throughout the state, there will be numerous new projects that require the public involvement services that TMS provides.


    In mid-July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 37,400 jobs were created in Florida in June, more net new jobs than any other state in the U.S. Although Florida showed a negative monthly job growth rate in May 2014, the net job growth from January 2014 through June 2014 was 119,400 jobs, representing more than a 30 percent increase.


    Total Florida employment passed its previous peak in February 2007 (8,871,069 jobs) in January 2014, when 8,873,652 Floridians were employed.

    Florida’s job growth is accelerating as the state’s economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession. Florida has reduced its unemployment rate from 7.4 percent to 6.2 percent over the past 12 months.

    As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog for more than one third of a century, it is the mission of FLORIDA TAXWATCH to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and analysis of issues related to state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs.

    Go to their website for more information at HTTP://WWW.FLORIDATAXWATCH.ORG/

    FLORIDA TAX WATCH will be in West Palm Beach at a reception hosted by The Merchant Strategy September 8. If you would like to attend or learn more about Florida Tax Watch and their many benefits, please contact TMS at 561-315-9110.

    Founded in 2003 The Merchant Strategy specializes in Government Relations, Public Involvement, and Event Creation. To learn more about TMS please Follow on LinkedIn at HTTPS://WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/COMPANY/THE-MERCHANT-STRATEGY, or Like their FaceBook page at HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THEMERCHANTSTRATEGY, or call 561-315-9110.

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