We write regularly on topics including public engagement, innovation, the environmental review process, transportation, infrastructure, urban planning, and our experience running a software company.

SmartComment Goes North

SmartComment Goes North

Comment Period on Alaska DEC's Oil Discharge Rules Marks Our 3rd Project in the 49th State SmartComment StaffNovember 7, 2019 SmartComment has been hired by the state's lead environmental agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, to provide it with...

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The Infrastructure Impasse

The Infrastructure Impasse

President Trump's Meeting Walk-Out Is Only The Latest Setback In Fixing America's Roads and Bridges. Here's What Else Stands In The Way. Thomas MullenMay 28, 2019 Three minutes into a scheduled infrastructure meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday,...

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How Your Clients Are Shaping You

How Your Clients Are Shaping You

The Best Part About New Work Isn't Business Growth. It's Learning. Tim MullenFebruary 20, 2019 There are a lot of reasons to love new clients and projects. They provide fuel for the growth of your business, proof of the need for the service you're offering the...

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Conversation With An Environmental Planner

Conversation With An Environmental Planner

Eight Questions With Bari Schreiner of The Washington State Department of Ecology Thomas MullenNovember 8, 2018 Surrounded by the natural beauty of the coastal Northwest, Bari Schreiner needs no reminders about the importance of her job as an environmental planner for...

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The ‘Fake Comment’ Problem

The ‘Fake Comment’ Problem

Stolen Identities, Tampered Submissions Are New Democracy Threat Thomas MullenAugust 7, 2018 When the Federal Communications Commission closed the public comment period regarding its proposed net neutrality repeal last year, the final tally of total comments they...

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