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What We Do

Government affairs, coalition building, grassroots advocacy, community outreach and public relations – Chesapeake Public Strategies is a full service government and public affairs firm.

For every challenge, Chesapeake Public Strategies determines the appropriate stakeholders with the power to influence a favorable outcome and crafts a solution to engage and educate those stakeholders — whether a single legislator or a combination of representatives from government, the community, the media and business.

Government Affairs

Chesapeake lobbyists are experienced at the local, state and federal levels, combining knowledge and expertise of the complex political process with relationships at all levels of government.

  • One-on-one discussions with government officials throughout the process

  • Testimony preparation and delivery

  • Presentation development

  • Legislative analysis and bill drafting


Grassroots Outreach

Our E3 Results toolkit ranges from a variety of in-person interactions and community meetings to digital/social media and state-of the-art online civic engagement forums. Based on our client’s needs and the interests of stakeholders, we choose the most effective strategies to form a successful, custom-built campaign that yields positive results.

  • Consistent communication with stakeholders throughout the process

  • Small scale, face-to-face interactions with key leaders

  • Public meeting organization and facilitation

  • State-of-the-art online civic engagement forums

  • Online presence including websites, effective social media platforms and blog posts

  • Direct Mail

  • Phone-banking

  • Door-to-door canvassing

  • Public opinion survey research

  • Event sponsorships and corporate philanthropy

Land Use Entitlements

Chesapeake’s in-depth knowledge of local communities and our strategic expertise help land use clients successfully navigate the complex and often political entitlement process. By leveraging our grassroots and communications capabilities, we engage stakeholders to build consensus and implement a win/win solution that moves client projects forward. ​​

  • Multi-faceted campaign strategy development

  • Branding

  • Early, small scale, face-to-face interactions with key stakeholders

  • Public meeting organization and facilitation

  • Identification and activation of supporters

  • State-of-the-art online community engagement

  • Direct mail

  • Social media

  • Media engagement

Land Use

Media Relations

Chesapeake’s expert understanding of what moves the media allows us to tell our clients’ stories strategically and gain balanced coverage. It’s more than just managing a story; it’s about making sure you are part of the public narrative.​Chesapeake has a record of success in gaining positive media coverage for clients and will create a winning media strategy for your organization.

  • Message development

  • Media outreach

  • Media interviews

  • Editorial services

  • Press conferences and media briefings

  • Spokesperson training

  • Reporting and monitoring


Crisis Communications

Because people perceive information differently during a crisis, communications strategies require a different approach than in normal circumstances. Chesapeake works with highly visible clients to successfully guide them through action and communication plans designed to minimize damage and create public understanding. For ongoing large-scale projects, Chesapeake works pro-actively to anticipate potential crises and establish systems that enable the client to respond quickly.

  • Immediate situation assessment

  • Game plan and message development

  • Client counseling throughout the crisis

  • Identification and training of client spokesperson

  • Management of traditional and social media


Design & Digital Strategies

Digital communications is an important part of any advocacy campaign. Chesapeake works with clients to create the optimum combination of graphic design and digital strategies that effectively express their vision. We incorporate cutting-edge technology to deliver wins for our clients.​

  • Branding and logo design

  • Web design & development

  • Social media

  • Video production

  • Search engine optimization

  • Email marketing

  • Graphic design



“Understanding local issues requires local people who really know the political landscape and the community. The Chesapeake team excels at what they do because they know both.”


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