Laura Whitman, APR, Community Relations Consultant
Laura Whitman offers clients more than 20 years of public relations/community outreach experience and provides counsel on a broad spectrum of activities ranging from strategic communications and planning to public outreach and involvement. Laura specializes in strategic program development and implementation for public works projects and coordinating community outreach initiatives and events.
Laura’s leadership in communicating transportation and infrastructure improvements runs long and deep. She began working with Rasor in 2009 and has managed community outreach and public involvement initiatives for many public agencies including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Ohio Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Sewer District for Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC), Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the transportation improvement districts for both Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio. She has also provided community outreach counsel and support to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the City of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati. Her project work includes the 2017 Brent Spence Bridge Maintenance Project, Eastern Corridor Program, the Eastern Corridor’s Oasis Rail Transit study, the reconstruction of Fort Washington Way, construction of Great American Ball Park, the KY 536 Scoping Study, and multiple sewer infrastructure improvement projects planned as part of the MSDGC’s Project Groundwork program.
Laura entered the public relations field through a previous career in the environmental science industry where she participated in environmental assessment projects, coordinated communications among government agencies and researched and prepared assessment reports. Laura also worked for the United States Air Force (USAF), assisting with the management of the natural and cultural resource programs at 14 USAF installations in addition to coordinating communications between the installations and USAF Headquarters at the Pentagon.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs and environmental management from Indiana University and received her public relations accreditation (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America in 2002.
Where have you traveled that you’d like to return to?
That’s easy – the Salzburg region of Austria. That part of the world is the most spectacularly beautiful place I have ever seen, the food is crave-worthy and the people are wonderful. There’s always something to do: hike, bike, ski, sightsee, eat, and have a beer with friends at a biergarten or on a mountain top. I’m counting the minutes until I can go back!
What’s the best piece of professional advice you were ever given?
Follow your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Do what you can to fix it. And if it feels right while others aren’t sure, don’t be afraid to stand your ground (respectfully.)
What’s one piece of advice you often find yourself giving to a client?
Communicate often and openly.