Hubbell Communications founder and CEO Ward Hubbell took part in the official groundbreaking for a new middle school in Lake Oswego. The project is the result of the $200 million bond passed by voters in 2017 – a campaign run by Hubbell Communications.

Author: Ward Hubbell, President of Hubbell Communications

Many of you who work with the Hubbell Communications team know our brand is built around a core belief. We believe first and foremost a public relations agency can and should be at the forefront of helping pave the way for a better community.

Simply put, creating better communities is our purpose as a company. It’s why we exist. It’s why I love the diverse work we do on behalf of our clients – from issues affecting education and healthcare to shaping policy debates about energy and transportation.

Ask anyone on our team and they will tell you we’re proud of the fact that every campaign, every issue, and every project we touch has a major impact on our quality of life here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s why I’m particularly proud to have been part of the recent groundbreaking for one of Oregon’s newest schools.

In 2016, Hubbell Communications was hired by the Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) to run what became the largest school bond per capita ever in Oregon. It was a big task in a complicated, noisy political environment. But our team helped raise awareness of why capital bond measures like these are important. It passed in 2017 with over 60 percent approval.

But this work was about more than adding another campaign win to Hubbell’s track record.

By passing this bond for LOSD, we helped generate almost $200 million for capital improvements for schools, which in turn helps make Lake Oswego a better community.

When I look at the photo above, I recognize the outsized impact our work has on future generations. A single bond measure’s success, made possible by the tireless work of local civic and business leaders combined with a well-executed awareness campaign, enabled a community to start building a place where students will learn about the next set of big challenges ahead of us.

In today’s world of heated political rhetoric, it’s important to pause and reflect on what’s at stake in our local political discourse. It’s always about who we are and who we want to be. That’s one of the central tenants of what makes a safe, healthy and thriving community.

And that is what keeps us working on the next challenge.