Many of my friends and colleagues have encouraged me to respond to a recent story in The Plain Dealer.  This piece profiled a specific portion of work that my firm, The Project Group, has completed while under contract with Cleveland City Council. 

It was an unflattering profile.

In preparation for the piece, I spoke with the writer on 4 occasions, for about 3½ hours.  So I had plenty of time to tell my side of the story.  Obviously, my powers of persuasion are wanting. 

Equally obviously, I strongly disagree with the direction and tone of the article. 

The delicate nature of our work in the public arena creates circumstances that are often not rendered in blacks and whites — but are shaded in tones of gray.  We pride ourselves on the service we provide all of our clients — and especially Cleveland City Council, given my relationship with that body dating to 1981. 

That contract can only be approved on year-to-year basis — after a rigorous vetting by BOTH the administration and the council.  Over the years, it has been approved by 5 different Council Presidents and 3 different Mayors.  Of course, we hope that this relationship will continue for years to come. 

This has been a difficult period.  To my friends and colleagues, thanx for your terrific support; it’s almost been overwhelming!

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