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Kemp Goldberg Partners

August 08, 2011 12:29 ET

Kemp Goldberg Partners Launches Public Affairs Practice Following Year of Successful High-Profile Engagements, Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

Former White House and Pentagon Official Heads New Agency Offering Designed to Extend Clients' Reach to Key Influencers

PORTLAND, ME and WASHINTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - Kemp Goldberg Partners, a nationally recognized advertising, public relations and interactive agency, today announced the official launch of its Public Affairs practice. Working on behalf of its clients, and at the intersection of private enterprise and public interest, Kemp Goldberg Partners Public Affairs targets legislators, policymakers and regulators, as well as industry leaders and media who influence them. To better serve its growing roster of public affairs clients, the agency recently opened a new office in Washington, D.C. at 2025 M Street NW, Suite 800.

"Our public affairs practice has been providing value to our clients for close to a year now," states David Goldberg, principal at Kemp Goldberg Partners. "We wanted to prove that a public affairs offering would sync well within a full-service advertising, public relations and interactive agency before announcing it as a strategic arm of our business." By bringing to bear the talents, skills and experience of a full-service firm, Kemp Goldberg Partners' clients can achieve their reputation- and issues-based objectives across all relevant channels. These include earned media through public relations, all forms of print, broadcast and digital media, events and 1:1.

"Our public affairs purview takes us wherever our clients require advocacy, reputation management and stakeholder engagement, including inside the Beltway, state and local campaigns and on the web," states Derek LaVallee, director of public relations and public affairs at Kemp Goldberg Partners and a former staff member at the White House and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in the Clinton/Gore Administration.

In June, Kemp Goldberg Partners expanded its team of public affairs practitioners with the addition of Senior Account Executive Chris Philbrook. Prior to joining the agency, Chris held several senior positions in service to U.S. Senator Susan Collins, was a special assistant to then Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Henry Paulson, and did advance work (international and domestic) for President George W. Bush. Most recently, he served as government affairs and communications director for the Maine Association of REALTORS®.

To date, Kemp Goldberg Partners' public affairs engagements have included:

  • media relations, event logistics and film production for the National Guard Youth Foundation's annual gala in Washington, D.C., featuring the program's 100,000th graduate. The event was attended by members of Congress, senior ranking Administration and military personnel.

  • media and event logistics for the 2010 Elliot L. Richardson Prize for Excellence in Public Service awarded to the Honorable George J. Mitchell and the Honorable James A. Baker, two of the most effective leaders of our generation, at Georgetown University.

  • media relations and message support following the release of a controversial Congressionally mandated study completed by the National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA) advocating for an office within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to manage issues relating to climate change.

  • media for the 2010 National Budget Ball tournament played on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 16 Administration (U.S. Department of the Treasury), Congressional and college teams from around the country. Budget Ball is a competitive sport, similar in action to Ultimate Frisbee, but includes unique game-play that raises awareness of America's fiscal challenges.

  • media and event logistics for Con-way Truckload supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Chairman Deborah Hersman's truck ride-along from NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C., to the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky., to raise awareness for the safety record of truck drivers on America's highways.

  • development and execution of media strategy in advance of the release of a controversial report issued to Congress and the Department of Defense by the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) dealing with the national security ramifications of performance-based compensation for the nation's intelligence professionals.

  • media for the 2011 National Alzheimer's Association Gala in Washington, D.C., a black-tie fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The event was attended by more than 750 of the nation's most influential and respected political, business, philanthropic, entertainment, and social leaders, as well as many members of the national media and local Washington D.C. social press.

  • media and event logistics to support Con-way Freight and the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) in their joint effort to raise awareness for anti-texting while driving legislation. The event, held at St. Louis' Busch stadium, included a press conference with the Colonel of the MSHP and Colin Braun, NASCAR's 2009 Rookie of the Year.

  • public affairs campaign for Pareto Energy, an industry-leading developer of microgrid power technology. Secured presentations for, and managed media during, engagements at the White House, a briefing hosted by the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislators.

  • web development and design for Cleaner Safer Trucking ( The website, targeted at members of Congress and their staff, is a coalition of stakeholders interested in improving the safety, productivity and environmental sustainability of the trucking industry through sensible changes to vehicle size and weight regulations.

  • branding and marketing materials for the capital campaign to build the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC) -- an interactive education center, housed at the U.S. State Department and open to the general public, to foster a greater understanding of the impact of U.S. diplomacy in the daily lives of all citizens.

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