Democratic convention to pose travel troubles for Boston PR firms

BOSTON: The upcoming Democratic National Convention is presenting Boston businesses ? including PR firms ? with logistical nightmares.

BOSTON: The upcoming Democratic National Convention is presenting Boston businesses ? including PR firms ? with logistical nightmares.

Interstate 93 will be closed around the Fleet Center ? the site of the event from July 26 to 29 ? during the afternoons and evenings. North Station will be closed to trains during the week.

Text 100 is giving its 20 employees three options, said Matt Lloyd, VP and Boston GM. They can work from home, work flexible hours that skirt the tough traveling periods, or they can work from New York, where they can communicate as if they were in the Boston office.

Arnold Corporate Communications, located in the city?s Back Bay Area, will encourage employees to telecommute.

John Isaf, SVP and director at the agency, said everything to the north of the city around the Fleet Center would cause large problems. ?It?s hard to plan for it because they could close a street at a moment?s notice.?

Blanc & Otus GM Sharon Barclay said workers can toil from home, take a vacation, or, as in her case, commute to the office on a bike.

The company has set up a ?virtual private network? for staffers to connect securely from home.

?We want business to be as usual, and the key here is planning in advance and being really flexible,? Barclay said.

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