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Ceisler Media staffers are voting in person and by mail, helping others vote and working the polls. Enjoy this quick video of our team members gearing up for the November election.
A Message from Larry Ceisler
Leadership is what we all look for in our elected officials, which makes it the perfect theme for this month’s newsletter. You’ll find some politics here, along with solid pieces on the nature of leadership. Let’s start with the politics. Above you saw a terrific video produced by our digital team, showing Ceisler staffers’ plans for voting and being involved on Election Day. I’m delighted many of our people will be working as poll volunteers on Nov. 3. We’ve also got my latest thoughts on the state of the presidential race and Pennsylvania politics, including the impact of one of our Senate seats opening up in 2022. I live-tweeted the recent presidential debate (a new experience for me), and our COO, Kate Wilhelm, did the same with the vice presidential debate. All of our tweets are compiled and featured here. Kate highlights our leadership theme with a useful article listing five effective ways business leaders should adapt in the Zoom Era. How do you maintain the office culture when no one’s at the office? Harrisburg Senior Associate Michael Rodriguez outlines how the Ceisler Media Employee Committee helped steer our company through unexpected challenges this year. And Philadelphia Senior Associate Elise Corbett, who co-directs our internship program, offers tips on making the most of your professional internship. In Miller’s Musings, Special Projects Manager Larry Miller laments the lack of political bravery, and cites a few people who meet his high standard for leadership. And our creative team of Will Jara and Julia Wolf explain how we can help you – and you can help yourself – create compelling video campaigns without leaving your house. We’ve got interesting news about our clients and some provocative Thought Leader blogs. Please give it a read and let me know your thoughts. Most of all, be sure to vote – by whichever method you think is the best. And, again, make sure to click on the video created by our team. It’s the most entertaining two minutes you’ll spend today.
Is there a "hidden Biden vote" not reflected in the polls? Who are the candidates eager to succeed U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey? What's the impact of voting rights lawsuits going against the Trump campaign? Larry Ceisler offers insight on what's happening right now.
Ceisler Media Special Projects Manager Larry Miller writes of three people who inspired him, and how their virtues could benefit our nation right now.
Larry Ceisler in the News
Larry Ceisler was interviewed for a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story on the impact of Sen. Pat Toomey's decision not to run for re-election in 2022. . In the article, he offers a list of potential Republican candidates who may seek to replace Toomey. Larry also commented in a Washington Examiner piece on the challenges vote counters will face next month, and how many are seeking to lower expectations on how quickly results will be known.
Entercom launched its “Vote: Make It Count” campaign, using its national platform to engage listeners on how to participate in the election. In partnership with the nonpartisan organization VOTE411, the campaign is designed to ensure all voters know their options and are able to vote according to their state’s specific requirements.
Comcast unveiled its “Comcast RISE” initiative, aimed at helping small business owners hurt by COVID-19 with grants, free media, tech resources and educational content. As part of the company’s $100 million commitment to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability, Comcast RISE grants of up to $10,000 will first be awarded and directed to small and diverse businesses that have been in operations for three to five years.
Residents in three Philadelphia neighborhoods are raising awareness of climate change - specifically urban heat - through public art projects, with the support of The Trust For Public Land’s #HeatResponsePHL program.
Elected officials and community leaders joined the Philadelphia Housing Authority to break ground on Sharswood Ridge, a $52 million mixed-use development. The community-informed and community-supported project, financed through an unprecedented public-private partnership with Mosaic Development and Shift Capital, will add a grocery store, urgent care center, bank branch, restaurants and affordable housing to the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor.
Fitler Club is hosting “Build Philadelphia Back Better,” exploring how the city can create a more equitable future while emerging from its health and economic crisis. The discussion includes urban thinkers Bruce Katz (Drexel), John Fry (Drexel), Michael Forman (FS Investments/Fitler Club), Harold Epps (Bellevue Strategies), Ryan Boyer (Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity) and moderator Larry Platt (The Philadelphia Citizen). Inspired by a bold manifesto in The Philadelphia Citizen, the event is on Mon., Oct. 18 at 5:30. Live-event tickets are sold out, but virtual registration remains open.
The newly formed regional coalition PA Black Votes Matter is working to battle disinformation campaigns aimed at suppressing turnout on Nov 3. Dozens of organizations are coordinating in a first-ever regional effort to drive a record turnout among Black voters throughout Western PA.
Our client, Make Something Workshops, collaborated with renowned artist and Philly native Steve “ESPO” Powers to bring an incredible mural to Harrisburg, conduct a socially-distanced poster design class and distribute an ESPO-designed yard sign encouraging Pennsylvanians to turn in their mail ballots early. If you’d like an “Early Bird” yard sign, you can fill out this form. Follow the Early Birds’ exploits on social media @EarlyBirdVOTE.
With rising concerns about the Nov. 3 election, VoteSafe Pennsylvania is working to encourage voters to feel confident about mailing in their ballots. VoteSafe is a coalition of community leaders, advocates, nonprofit organizations, corporations, chambers of commerce, party leaders and elected officials. Co-Chairman Patrick Murphy (a former congressman and undersecretary of the Army) appeared on KYW-TV, to explain why he's optimistic mail-in ballots will be secure.
In Harrisburg, Pa Family Support Alliance hosted its "Front Porch Project," empowering residents with tools and resources to prevent child abuse. Watch the WHP-TV coverage here. Additionally, CEO Angela Liddle hosted Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Teresa Miller for a virtual conversation on how the public and private sectors are partnering to battle child abuse.
Wesley Family Services completed construction on Pioneer Apartments in New Kensington, which will provide affordable housing for local residents. The development will also house offices 100 behavioral health and therapeutic support staffers, providing who will provide on-site care and services to residents, and individuals and families from the local community.
The Chester Housing Authority hosted a socially-distanced community event that encouraged neighbors to register to vote and complete their U.S. Census forms. By the end of the evening, more than two dozen residents, mostly young people, registered to vote.
In case you missed our live tweeting of the debates - or just want to read our analyses again - here are fully compiled lists of Larry Ceisler's opinions during the Presidential Debate and Kate Wilhelm's breakdown of the Vice Presidential Debate.
Ceisler Media Senior Consultant Glen Macnow's son and son-in-law undertook an arduous journey to adopt during the pandemic. The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted their trek to Oklahoma and return with baby Gregory.
Ceisler Media Managing Director Kurt Knaus lays out the somewhat scary numbers and deadlines that will determine how quickly and efficiently PA election directors count the upcoming vote.
In the ultimate swing state, voters in Northampton and Chester Counties are critical. Ceisler Media Associate David Huppert, who has worked for political campaigns in both counties, lays out their culture and political tendencies.
“Power to the People” – So Why Don’t They Use It?
Principal Larry Ceisler is offering a paid day off to Ceisler team members who volunteer at the polls on November 3. In an op-ed placed in The Philadelphia Citizen and Philadelphia Business Journal, Larry explains why and implores other local businesses to follow his lead.