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Neil Palmer

Neil Palmer has designed and implemented public affairs strategies for a range of clients based on his broad communications experience and expert knowledge of government and regulatory affairs.

Neil has helped clients get a fair hearing in the court of public opinion leading to approvals for power plant and facilities siting, natural gas pipeline permitting, nuclear power plant licensing, landfill operations and other issues. His clients have included TransCanada Pipelines LLC, Wisconsin Public Power Incorporated, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Guardian Pipeline, LLC, Calpine, Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant, Invenergy LLC, ONEOK Pipelines, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Union-Pacific Railroad.

For every strategic public affairs plan, Neil works closely with clients, carefully analyzes local issues, targets key constituencies and identifies appropriate tactics and tools. A confident and articulate public speaker, Neil regularly represents clients before local boards and commissions, project neighbors and the news media. He has acted as a lobbyist on local and state issues and has appeared before regulatory panels making persuasive arguments that influence decisions.

Neil founded Neil Palmer & Associates in 1994 with the idea of creating a boutique firm that specialized in assisting clients in regulated industries by developing strong local community relations and communications programs. Neil employs a small cadre of senior counselors and taps into a broad network of other capable independent consultants, including writers, media relations specialists, graphic designers and government relations experts. This business model assures that clients work directly with seasoned professionals to obtain the best advice and supporting materials.

Before launching his consulting practice, Neil Palmer spent 21 years with Wisconsin Electric Power Company (now We Energies), a nationally respected utility that serves 1 million electric and natural gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan. In his career with the utility, Neil held a series of increasingly responsible positions and ultimately managed the corporate affairs division. He was responsible for siting and licensing of major projects; local, state and national media relations; nuclear emergency communications planning; local and state government relations; grassroots organizing; public participation programs and risk communication; and negotiations and dispute resolution.

Active in local affairs, Neil served seven terms as a trustee of the Village of Elm Grove, Wisconsin and was recently elected to his second term as Village President. He is also Chairman of the Elm Grove Planning Commission on which he has served for more than nine years.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the Public Affairs Institute. He has been a speaker at seminars and conferences sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Edison Electric Institute, the Public Affairs Council, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Committee for Energy Awareness.