Northeast Ocean Council picks comms partner

LEXINGTON, MA: The Northeast Regional Ocean Council has hired Eastern Research Group to provide communications support for ocean-planning projects in the region.

LEXINGTON, MA: The Northeast Regional Ocean Council has hired Eastern Research Group to provide communications support for ocean-planning projects in the region, according to Dani Carter, a coordinator at the organization.

Eastern Research provides a wide range of services such as consulting, risk assessment, outreach, and social media support.

Work performed by Eastern Research for the Council will ensure regional ocean-planning stakeholders are aware of planning efforts as they are happening and will give them the opportunity to be engaged, according to the RFP for the contract.

The Council is a federal-state partnership formed to implement solutions for New England's ocean and coastal issues that require a regional response. Member states include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. Federal partners include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

As part of the one-year, $125,000 contract, ERG will help to plan and outline communications priorities, implement outreach efforts, create related materials, and establish a mechanism that measures whether communications efforts are effective in reaching intended audiences.

A representative from Eastern Research Group did not immediately return a request for comment.

Last summer, Eastern Research Group won a five-year contract with the EPA's Climate Change Division worth $8.6 million to provide services including communications and outreach support.

In April 2012, the EPA awarded Apex Direct a contract for community involvement work.

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