CLIENT— Industrial Economics, Incorporated is an internationally recognized firm hired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/U.S. Department of Interior to assist in developing an early restoration plan for the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Franklin was tasked with public meeting facilitation at sites across the Gulf Coast and in Washington, D.C.
CHALLENGES — Frustrations regarding governmental processes were heightened in the realm of the Deepwater Horizon incident aftermath. Additionally, each site offered unique situational issues that required specific facilitative approaches. Each of the five state sites and the District of Columbia united lo-cal and state speakers and panelists which required Franklin to individually prepare and train each panel.
RESULTS — Successfully facilitated 12 public meetings, providing a calm atmosphere within which the scientific and human input could be received for processing. The twelve public meetings were held in the states of Florida (2), Alabama (2), Mississippi (3), Louisiana (3), Texas (1) and a final meeting in Washington D.C.(1). Central result was a professionally run series of public meetings which encourages the public’s participation while handling disgruntled participants in the most compassionate manner.