For several years now, reputation risk has been among the top threats listed by company executives when they are asked what keeps them up at night. There are several reasons for this. The emergence of 24-hour news, the internet and social media have created a world where corporate snafus that would have been merely a one-day story in the paper into an ongoing PR nightmare. Similarly, advocacy groups are now much more evolved and can launch coordinated campaigns to encourage public outrage. But most of all, most companies simply have no idea how to repair their image after it’s tarnished.There is no insurance that can fix the problem and even where coverage is available to fund a “PR swat team” to come to the rescue, the short-term damage is already done, and the brand will always be tied to the negative press. In the long term, the reputation smear may prove survivable, but it sure never seems that way in the initial hours, days, weeks and sometimes even … [Read more...] about Does Saying “I Was Wrong” Help Repair the Brand?
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In the midst of a terrible real estate market, the owners of the 117 units at the Dophin Tower condominium in Sarasota, Fla., have a bigger problem to worry about than most.In addition to owning homes that are probably worth only a fraction of what they paid, their units have been uninhabitable for a year and a half and aren’t likely to be occupied again anytime soon, due to a failed concrete slab. Although they won a legal victory in federal court this week, when a judge ruled in their favor in a declaratory judgment action concerning insurance coverage for the design and construction defects that allegedly caused the concrete damage, the condo association for the approximately 35-year-old building is struggling to stay afloat financially as it pursues the case, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.Meanwhile, there’s no guarantee that the association will persuade Great American Insurance Co. of New York to pay its repair costs or win enough at trial to reimburse … [Read more...] about Will Insurer of Uninhabitable Fla. Condo Building Have to Pay to Repair Defects?
More than $6 million for infrastructure improvements at the Minnesota Zoo hangs in the balance as Gov. Mark Dayton weighs whether to sign off on $825 million in bonding for projects across the state. If approved, the money will help replace rusted pipes, crumbling concrete and aging mechanical systems at the sprawling Apple Valley zoo. "As a 40-year-old facility, we will require continued investment," said zoo director John Frawley, who stressed that basic maintenance is essential to keeping the institution viable and preventing safety issues down the line. Of the nearly $35 million in bonding that zoo officials requested, the zoo is poised to receive $6 million earmarked to address the backlog of necessary repairs. "To get $6 million in [such a small] bonding bill is really, pretty much, a victory," said Claudia Hochstein, the zoo's legislative affairs liaison. Dayton is expected to make a decision on the bill next week. Zoo officials say they're grateful for the public-private … [Read more...] about Minnesota Zoo expected to get $6 million in state funding for crucial repairs
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San Diego — San Diego public works crews will begin $430,000 in emergency repairs Thursday on the Ocean Beach Pier, which has been closed since Jan. 19 because of damage suffered during a winter storm that featured large waves and high tides.The repairs to railings and sewer and electrical lines, which are scheduled for completion by Memorial Day, are only a short-term fix for the 53-year-old pier, city officials said.The city also is planning more aggressive, long-term upgrades to the pier that will be based on a comprehensive assessment recently launched by structural engineers Moffatt & Nichol, who specialize in piers.“They will provide us some recommendations, which will include a financial assessment of the costs,” said Johnnie Perkins, the city’s deputy chief operating officer. “We expect to have something from them in a couple months, and then we will need a couple months ourselves internally to kind of assess and evaluate what their … [Read more...] about San Diego launching $430,000 in repairs to storm-damaged Ocean Beach Pier