State of the Union, St. Francis House, Federal Relations 
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CEO's Corner

Dear Friend,

Like many Americans, I watched President Trump give his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. In his address, the President called for unity.  The words, when read from a Teleprompter,  offered the impression of a changed man. But the call stood in stark contrast from the policies his administration has pursued. In his single year as president, we have witnessed passionate resistance provoked by the actions and tweets of the President. From the Women's March and Black Lives Matter to those who protested against the violence in Charlottesville and voted to change a senate seat in Alabama, people in blue states and red states are organizing anew and taking a stand for American ideals. True to the old saying, the President's divisive actions speak louder than his rehearsed words about unity. Calls to set aside differences mean nothing if not backed by action.
In contrast, while Representative Joe Kennedy III's response to the State of the Union invoked a similar message of unity, his words were backed by a compassionate policy platform that seeks a better life for everyone in this country.  Kennedy's call to leave no American behind was uplifting and inspiring. He rejected the impulse to pit groups against each other, the notion that policy outcomes are a zero-sum game in which some must lose if others are to succeed. His words carried meaning because his plans support them.
Elected leaders should commit that 2018 be a time to search for opportunities to set aside differences. Words are not enough. It's time to do what's right for all our people.
Current Events and Expertise
Three Questions with John Cahill,  Vice Chairman, Federal Relations

In the State of the Union, President Trump called for "at least 1.5 trillion in investment." Is there a path forward for his plan?

The framework of an infrastructure plan was shared in the media a few weeks ago and the reaction to it was quite reserved on both sides of the aisle. Historically, infrastructure is one area that gets bipartisan support, but that will prove difficult in the current political environment. 

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Facebook Unveils A New Era for the News Feed 
By Shakeir Gregory and Brook O'Meara-Sayen 

We've already had a 'snowmageddon' this year, and short-lived 'government shutdownageddon', but now-with Facebook's proposed New Feed changes - get ready for the 'Facebookageddon'.
In recent years, Facebook has come under fire over the way it handles 'fake news' and what the company does about 'offensive content'. To combat these points Facebook hired thousands of new moderators, and recently rolled out a new system to fight the spread of false news stories from fringe websites. 

However, the social media giant announced it will continue to move away from branded content while putting an ever-greater emphasis on posts from family, friends, and other 'real people' you've interacted with.

Client Spotlight
St. Francis House Broke Ground on The Union, an Affordable Housing Development in Downtown Boston 

On January 16, 2018, St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs broke ground on The Union, an affordable housing redevelopment located at 48 Boylston St. in downtown Boston.  Cardinal Se├ín P. O'Malley O.F.M. Cap., Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin joined President and CEO of St. Francis House Karen LaFrazia, and Planning Office for Urban Affairs President Lisa Alberghini, as well as leaders from business, government and the private sector for the groundbreaking event.

The Union is renovating the historic Boston Young Men's Christian Union Building into 46 units of affordable housing -- twenty-six units for people who are currently homeless or have been homeless and twenty units for residents with incomes at or below $43,440.

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February is National Heart Month: Medical Device Company Abiomed is Recovering Hearts and Saving Lives

February is National Heart Health Month and Massachusetts-based Abiomed is transforming lives of tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. and around the world with its breakthrough technology: the world's smallest heart pump, called the Impella.

Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella can be inserted through the leg and assists the pumping function of the heart during cardiac procedures so that it can rest and recover. Abiomed is the only company with FDA approval for heart recovery - helping some patients heal their hearts and avoid the need for a transplant. 

In Memoriam - Carol Troxell, President of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association

O'Neill and Associates sends our condolences to the family and friends of Carol Troxell, President of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association who passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Carol was not only a client, but also a friend who worked tirelessly for the Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchants. Carol was instrumental in putting Faneuil Hall Marketplace on the map as a "must do/must see" holiday destination as she helped to conceive "Blink", the show that featured the region's largest Christmas Tree (always 85 feet or taller!) with a synchronized light and sound show that attracted thousands of visitors from near and far.

Carol always wanted to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and she made a big impact through the nonprofit, Pitching in for Kids, that she founded with her business partner Sara Youngelson. Pitching in For Kids provides specifically earmarked grants designed to improve the lives of children across the New England region through sports-related fundraising events and programs.

Carol was committed to helping others in many ways, through her businesses, through her philanthropic work, and through her faith. She will be missed.

Today at OA
Thomas P. O'Neill Interviewed by NPR in Wake of Cardinal Law's Death

In January, Thomas P. O'Neill was interviewed by NPR's Tovia Smith following the passing of Cardinal Law, the former head of the Boston Archdiocese. Tom addressed how the dynamics between church and government are different today when compared to Cardinal Law's years in Boston. Tom spoke admiration for Cardinal Sean O'Malley and the work he has done to heal the wounds left behind from the decades of sexual abuse that came to light in 2002 through the Boston Globe's Spotlight team. Tom said, "I think everybody -- even Catholics not practicing today -- have a very deep-seated respect for Cardinal O'Malley." 

Link to full article  here.
Marissa Choy joins Operations Team

We are delighted to welcome Marissa Choy as the marketing coordinator for our operations team. Ms. Choy will work closely with our chief operating officer as well as all of our practice groups.

Prior to joining us, Marissa gained experience as an events manager for Crash Line Productions where she led and trained a team comprising over 50 members to ensure excellent service for events such as Boston Calling Music Festival and Forbes 30 Under 30.
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Welcome Spring Interns 

This spring, we are proud to welcome eleven undergraduate students from Boston College, Boston University, Emmanuel College, Lasell College and Suffolk University. Throughout the semester, these students work closely with specially paired mentors in order to gain first-hand experience into the world of public relations, government relations and marketing. Our interns will become immersed in the public affairs world and will build lasting relationships what will help guide them as they embark on their careers.
Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, February 15th: HomeStart Inc. ICycle Event - ICycle is a series of outdoor spin classes with different corporate teams riding every hour to raise money for HomeStart's high-impact programs. More info here!
  • Monday, February 19th - Thursday, February 22nd: Marketplace Movie Night, 6:30-8:30pm, Faneuil Hall Marketplace Rotunda.
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Cristo RIDE Boston - third annual Cristo RIDE Boston event is a fun day in support of the 2018 graduating class. 1-2pm at The Handle Bar - South Boston.  
  • Wednesday, March 21st: O'Neill and Associates is presenting at AICUM's Spring Symposium a presentation called "Fire and Fury: College communications in the Trump Era." For registration and more info here
For more information on events please contact O'Neill and Associates 617-646-1000
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