DP Consultants, Inc. (DPC) brings significant experience developing and implementing comprehensive communications strategies for diverse public and private clients. Our services are focused on enhancing strategic positioning with key stakeholders, constituents, and the general public. By addressing the unique needs of each client, our team of highly-qualified professionals constructs strategies which are essential to building support and consensus for each project and program. This is how we ensure your success.

DPC clearly understands the complex nature of multi-faceted planning and development programs with extensive public impact. Here are a few examples of the extensive expertise we possess in creating and executing public involvement campaigns and third-party coordination strategies that effectively engage and build support among your stakeholders.

Selected Current Projects

DC Water Clean Rivers Project
Client - Greeley and Hansen

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (DC Water) Clean Rivers Project, its largest construction project to date, is a $2.6 billion ongoing program to reduce combined sewer overflows into the District's waterways - the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. Since the early phases of this massive tunnel project DPC has provided and currently continues to expand project public outreach communications strategies that identify, inform and engage affected citizens and coordinate with key stakeholders. We facilitated the public participation program logistics for the Anacostia Facility Plan as well as the Environmental Assessment prepared to identify and evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed Anacostia River Projects (ARPs). We work consistently to support the Office of External Affairs and project technical teams by developing and distributing concise, customer-friendly project information designed to educate and update on project processes while highlighting the environmental benefits. Well in advance of construction activities and throughout the process, we facilitate key stakeholder briefings and informational presentations in impacted neighborhoods in each of the tunnel Divisions. We ensure outreach to as broad a base as possible by distributing carefully crafted materials using an array of tools, including traditional doorhanger and fliers, electronic websites and listservs and state of the art social media. In addition to supporting DC Water special events such as a project groundbreaking and Ward based town halls, we assist with the DC elementary schools interface to increase student awareness. DPC is also working to assist in the Clean Rivers focus on exploring green-development technologies that could reduce or eliminate future pieces of the project, create jobs, green the District and reduce rate increases for customers.

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DDOT Closing of C Street, SW
Client: Alpha Corporation

DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) is constructing infrastructure improvements, including the closing of C Street SW from Washington Avenue to Second Street, to enhance roadways and streetscapes required to support development of American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. In addition to its immediate proximity to the Memorial currently under construction, the work zone is located near the US Capitol and Congressional Office Buildings, US Botanical Gardens and private office buildings and is heavily trafficked by pedestrians and vehicles. DPC, charged with the public outreach and stakeholder coordination within this high profile area, works in close concert with Alpha team and DDOT technicians and Office of Communication to develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy. We facilitate regular information sharing and progress meetings in concert with the Architect of the Capitol and other Congressional stakeholders as well as organize briefings and presentations for Councilmembers and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Utilizing stakeholder coordination and public outreach through state of the art electronic tools including DDOT web content, listservs and social networking as well as traditional briefings, progress updates and public notifications , DPC solicits input and provide information well in advance of and throughout the project. Our efforts ensure stakeholders as well as the general public is kept aware of construction related activities from temporary lane closures to how pedestrians and vehicles will access businesses, residences and government buildings. Throughout the entire project, DPC’s goal is to assist DDOT highlight project milestones while keeping the construction work zones safe for motorists and pedestrians.

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DC Water Biosolids Management Program
Client: Brown and Caldwell

The mission of the DC Water Biosolids Management Program is to provide flexible, environmentally sound, and cost-effective management of BioSolids. DPC supports several phases of general program management including conducting research for a study to help DC Water assess the approximate quantity of FOG (fats, oil and grease) generated from restaurants and similar institutions and researching business opportunities for BioSolids recycling. We currently provide oversight of efforts to meet DC Water Fair Share objectives for utilizing minority and women-owned businesses. DC Water is committed to meeting or exceeding EPA objectives for MBE and WBE participation in prominent and leadership roles. As their Third Party Compliance Officer for the Main Process Train construction project, we monitor implementation of the design-builder team’s identification of certified and qualified MBE and WBE firms, the outreach conducted to notify them of project related contracting opportunities and the tracking of firms hired and dollars spent. We also ensure compliance with Davis-Bacon and related regulations payroll certification activities.

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DC Water Basic Ordering Agreement
Client: Brown and Caldwell

To ensure cohesive and effective stakeholder coordination and community outreach DPC supports all public relations with interested and impacted elected officials and community residents, including coordinating the logistics of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and community organization presentations. We successfully facilitate all public meetings, selecting venues, developing and distributing notifications through a variety of public outreach tools and coordinating event day activities and follow-up. Projects are assigned on a continuing basis and those completed or in progress to date include Georgetown Sewer Rehabilitation, Lower Area Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation, and Design of the Piney Branch Rehabilitation among others.

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DC Water Construction Management
Client: Bryant Associates; BOC Joint Venture (Bryant Associates, Inc./O’Brien & Gere/CDM)

As the public relations subcontractor, DPC works closely with several construction management teams and DC Water to inform stakeholders of project related activities in advance of construction start. We coordinate consistently with the Office of External Affairs to provide updates throughout the life of each project as well as act as liaison to solicit and respond to issues raised by affected residents and businesses. We develop and implement comprehensive communications and public outreach plans which identify key stakeholders including elected officials, city-wide audiences, neighborhood organization and institutions. Our assessments assist in defining targeted messages and outreach tools as well as ensure we create the most appropriate collateral and information materials, including direct mailings, fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, web links, presentations, FAQs, and door hangers.

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Selected Past Projects

DDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Support Services
Client: MHM Financial Services, Inc.

DBE/SS provides training, assistance and services to District Department of Transportation DBE certified firms to increase their activity in the program, and to guide the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on federally assisted highway projects. DPC led and facilitated the logistics for all training and networking events conducted to implement this program.

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Nationals Stadium Traffic Operations and Parking Plan (TOPP)
Client: Gorove-Slade Associates

DPC created and implemented a comprehensive public participation and partnering strategy that kept residents informed and solicited their input throughout the process to create the TOPP which contained detailed operations plans including traffic signal timings, sign location, pedestrian routing and traffic officer placement. Our efforts facilitated all logistics for a series of public meetings and workshops as well as coordinated regular presentations to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and affected community groups, with particular emphasis on outreach to and interface with impacted residents and interested stakeholders in the SW/SE neighborhoods adjacent to and near the ballpark. Coordinating regular partnering interaction with various District agencies as well as National Baseball representatives and private companies responsible for the ballpark construction, our stakeholder outreach included the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), the District Department of Transportation, the Washington Nationals, and the Metropolitan Police Department. We successfully documented and assessed recommendations and input to ensure the project was designed to minimize the impact on the neighborhoods and local community. The TOPP created a specific set of plans containing details for game day operations of the ballpark and set forth the responsibilities and the specific actions of ballpark management and other entities responsible for the movement of vehicles and people in and around the Ballpark. The plans included in the TOPP laid the groundwork for starting the season off with a quality transportation experience for fans.

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DC Government Light Rail Transit Study
Client: Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Office of Planning (OP),and WMATA teamed to study how best to serve District residents and develop new transit alternatives can accommodate future growth. DPC conducted a citywide Community Engagement Campaign to support this joint planning analysis of transportation expansion options along specific transit corridors throughout the District of Columbia. Partnering closely with the agencies and key stakeholders, we successfully facilitated an extensive public education and community engagement process. This process included engaging Ward Council representatives, meeting with and soliciting input from key transportation and economic development experts, advising on content and design of all public outreach materials, facilitating all logistics for public meetings in each sector of the city, including providing public notice, creating and coordinating media announcements, and summarizing all efforts in a final, detailed report.

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NNE Community Needs and Program Assessment and Outreach
Client: H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC)

DPC conducted a community assessment of the District of Columbia Near Northeast (NNE) neighborhood to help HSCDC leverage resources to develop training programs and other neighborhood improvement initiatives. Our approach included reviewing demographics, identifying key subgroups, surveying neighborhood residents, facilitating a series of community forums (focus groups), and conducting personal interviews. All research approaches allowed residents to share what they like about the NNE neighborhood and what things they would like to see improved. The assessment results revealed a strong need to inform and prepare residents of employment opportunities. DPC also designed and implemented a series of strategic mechanisms, including job fair education and training workshops. To attract participants, we created and distributed workshop notice flyers door-to-door and in local business establishments, civic organizations, church announcements, postings on HSCDC and other appropriate websites and created appropriate incentives to attract attendees. We assembled training and evaluation materials in a Resource Handbook to assist trainees assimilate workshop tools and incorporate relevant tips and tools. The DPC Team facilitated all day of event logistics and staffing and prepared an evaluation/recommendations report.

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Old Convention Center Redevelopment – Design Workshop
Client: Hines/Archstone Development Corporation

As a part of Hines/Archstone-Smith community involvement efforts, DPC facilitated a public design workshop to update the surrounding neighborhoods and the general public on the progress of the Old Convention Center Redevelopment master plan. We created materials to update and solicit feedback on options for retail, commercial and recreation uses from all interested parties. Our Team held full responsibility for coordinating all event logistics, from venue selection and negotiations to event day staffing to crafting a post-event summary report. Our comprehensive outreach efforts included the gamut of outreach citywide as well as to neighborhoods abutting the redevelopment site and ensured key stakeholders, community residents, and interested parties participated in an open dialogue. DPC also documented all aspects of the event procedures and comments received in a detailed close out report.

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Analysis for Collaborative Program Development
Client: Community Development Support Collaborative

DPC assisted in evaluating CDSC’s need to develop a Phase IV community development funding program as well as in determining how best to structure such a program. We developed questionnaires and conducted interviews that facilitated an assessment of 21 operating support collaborative and other capacity building programs across the United States. DPC also performed an in-depth analysis of the community development environment in Washington, D.C., designing and implementing surveys, interviews, and focus groups of key local government, private business and community development corporation stakeholders. Our final report presented recommendations regarding the future direction of the organization to its Working Committees and Governing Board.

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Rouse Company/Ryland Homes Proposed Active Adult Community - Focus Group
Client: Community Development Support Collaborative

DPC facilitated a series of focus group sessions with age- and income-qualified recipients to determine their interest and preferences for the active adult community and to assess market factors related to the development of an active adult community in Bowie, Maryland. We drafted a report summarizing the focus group findings and survey results. Our assessment demonstrated sufficient market support for this active adult project of approximately 400 multi-family units in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Wheeler Creek Estates HOPE VI
Client: The Enterprise Foundation - Washington, D.C. Office

As the result of a DC Housing Authority (DCHA) $20.3 million HOPE VI grant, the largely vacant and uninhabitable, 312-unit Valley Green public housing development and Skytower, a 91-unit, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-foreclosed property acquired by DCHA was redeveloped as an award winning, new mixed use community, called Wheeler Creek Estates. The redevelopment team was a collaborative effort comprised of residents, DCHA and a joint venture of A&R Development Corporation and the Enterprise Social Investment Corporation (ESIC). DPC coordinated with the development team and the Wheeler Creek Community Development Corporation throughout the planning and construction periods to create and implement a comprehensive public engagement program. Our professional staff developed and implemented an array of community outreach strategies designed to stimulate economic revitalization in the Washington metropolitan region. DPC consistently interfaced with stakeholders, provided project and/or policy-related research and analysis, and developed recommendations for improved service delivery and agency interaction that were the foundation of a $1 million self-sufficiency program. The personal interviews, phone contacts, office visits, and meetings we conducted, as well as the sample commitment letters we drafted, assisted in securing written commitments for numerous social services, training, employment, health, and educational programs for inclusion in the final HOPE VI application.

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