Stephen Hartgen, Ph.D., the principal consultant, is one of Idaho's best
known media leaders, having served as Regional Publisher for Lee Enterprises
of Idaho, publishing The Twin Falls Times-News and other Lee publications.
He retired in 2005 after 23 years as managing editor and then publisher
of The Times-News. Hartgen has wide media, political and business contacts
in the state and region. He is a former vice-chairman of the Idaho Association
of Commerce and Industry, a founding executive board member of the Southern
Idaho Economic Development Organization, and is active in the Twin Falls
Area Chamber of Commerce.
|I am a longtime resident
of Southern Idaho, with an
appreciation of the outdoors and the natural beauty of
our region. I love the high desert country of our area with its pale
colors and sparse vegetation, pretty much unchanged from when our
first settlers came here a century or more ago.
He is a graduate of Amherst College (BA), Brandeis University (MA) and
holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Hartgen is a former college
professor at the University of Minnesota and Ohio State University, and
is the co-author of a leading college textbook for journalists, New Strategies
for Public Affairs Reporting (Prentice Hall). He is also the former president
of Idaho Allied Dailies, the state's newspaper association. The leader
of The Times-News editorial board for many years, Hartgen has been frequently
named to Idaho's of "100 Most Influential" public policy leaders.
He has wide experience on Idaho issues and politics, including higher
education, government, energy, health care, water, agriculture, transportation,
media and various local and statewide issues and policies. He is also
a three-term member of the Idaho Capitol Commission, which is working
on restoring Idaho's premier public building.
From September, 2006 to December, 2008, Stephen Hartgen & Associates
maintained a contract to perform fundraising and executive director duties
for Business Plus, a private sector consortium of some 75 Magic Valley
area businesses to promote economic development in Southern Idaho. From
June, 2007 to December, 2008, Hartgen held an ongoing contract for media
and community relations with RES-Americas, Inc., which is developing a
major alternative energy wind farm project in Southern Idaho. Since founding
his firm in 2005, Hartgen has represented nearly 20 clients, including
several successful political campaigns, and a variety of coalitions and
business interest groups.
Stephen Hartgen & Associates provides professional, knowledgeable
help in the fast-changing world of issues definition, media relations
and public policies development. There are few media relations firms in
this part of the West, and fewer still with our range of skills. We focus
on how your issues and perspectives can best be presented to constituent
groups, interested parties and the general public. We know Idaho, the
West, the issues and the media. We help craft your messages for maximum
impact and develop your strategies for issue management and public policy
campaigns. We have the experience to give you exceptional "eyes and
ears" on a wide range of public policy issues and how they play out
to the media and various constituent groups. We help you be proactive,
not just reactive, in issues management and media relations.
Stephen Hartgen & Associates works throughout Idaho and the Western
States. We focus on issues affecting the Intermountain region, including
those involving land use, agriculture, energy, health care, transportation,
economic and business development.
Stephen Hartgen & Associates takes new clients on an ongoing basis.
We'll work to your deadlines, at an hourly rate, on retainer or by the
project. Coming from the daily media business, we're used to dealing with
deadlines. We give you what you need, when you need it.
The West has many industries, businesses, candidates and perspectives.
These groups often have well-reasoned, practical and common-sense points
of view, but their positions are frequently distorted in the day-to-day
news. We're pleased to provide clients with the media relations help they
need to be heard and understood.
Stephen Hartgen & Associates tailors our work to your specific needs.
We'll start with a meeting or two -- at no charge -- to explore your issues,
your perspectives, your timelines, and your budget constraints.
Then, we'll give you a clear, written proposed "Letter of Engagement."
We'll spell out what we'll do, how much it will cost, the specific deliverables
we'll provide, and the timeline in which you can expect them. We'll quote
you a proposed rate, either hourly, on retainer, or by the completed project.
We'll work for you and with you. We'll refine the draft "Letter of
Engagement" until you're comfortable with it in every way. We'll
then work with your internal staff, your existing media and policy experts
and your support groups to further develop your messages and issues positioning.
We're team players for your existing resources.
We're here to help. Let us give your media relations planning the direction
and focus it needs to meet your objectives.
Contact us at Stephen_Hartgen@hotmail.com or at 208-420-6761. Or send
us a letter to 1681 Wildflower Lane, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.