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New Rapid Transit Station is a Public/Private Partnership

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Assembly Station Ribbon-Cutting width=Federal Realty Investment Trust, a client of DSG’s Boston office, marked a major milestone in its Assembly Row development on Sept. 2, when the ribbon was cut on the new Assembly Orange Line Station in Somerville.

The first subway station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in more than a quarter century, the stop was funded by the developer and federal stimulus funds.

“I think this is the only T station the T hasn’t paid for to build, maybe in its history,” said Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.

Dignitaries at the event included Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Joe Curtatone and Congressman Michael Capuano (also a former Somerville mayor).

The station is a cornerstone of the $1.6-billion mixed-use development, which includes office, retail and residential space in a former industrial neighborhood that once housed a Ford assembly plant.

DSG has worked closely with FRIT for more than seven years to clear various regulatory, political and community hurdles for Assembly Row, which is expected to bring $30 million in annual state tax revenues, $18 million in local taxes, 22,000 construction jobs, and 19,500 permanent jobs.

“You have to build the infrastructure that draws employers,” said Curtatone.

Boston Globe story

Just Launched: Polltracker 2.0 for Android and iOS

Posted on August 6th, 2014

PollTracker 2.0 - Now for iOS and AndroidDewey Square Group is proud to be a part of the next chapter for Talking Points Memo’s groundbreaking PollTracker mobile application, celebrating the launch of the newest version of the award-winning smartphone app. PollTracker 2.0 combines the full functionality of the original PollTracker mobile app with optimizations for speed, new features, and a new look and feel. And for the first time, the newest version of PollTracker is available for free on Android as well as iOS.

In 2012, Dewey Square Group developed the original PollTracker mobile app in partnership with our client Talking Points Memo, adapting their PollTracker website for iOS mobile devices. The app featured up-to-the-minute polling data on all of the most talked-about campaigns of the year—from the hotly-contested presidential race to the fight for control of the House and Senate.

The original PollTracker won the prestigious min online 2013 Best of the Web award for smartphone applications, competing against mobile apps for the TED Conference, Vogue Magazine and TravelZoo. It was featured on lists of top 2012 campaign apps from Mashable, Forbes, Venture Beat, US News and World Report, and The Washington Post. Barron’s dubbed it the “must-have campaign app of the political season,” and No Labels cofounder Marc McKinnon described it as “crack for political junkies.”

With the release of Polltracker 2.0, the new application is further optimized for speed and usability and has all of the features fans loved about the first version—detailed polling data, an easy-to-use interface, and push notifications for new polls and is optimized for the latest versions of iOS and Android.

We’re proud to be a part of the PollTracker project, and we congratulate Talking Points Memo on a great launch!

Download PollTracker for free from the iTunes Store (iOS) or from Google Play (Android).

New Survey Shows Americans Want a Better Privacy Balance

Posted on July 17th, 2014

A new national survey from Microsoft’s Digital Constitution finds that Americans want a better balance between privacy and public safety:

The Riley case addresses the heart of tech products and the rights of our customers, so we wanted to better understand how the public feels about these issues. Interestingly, the results of a survey we commissioned were unequivocal in support of the Court’s decision. A full 83% of American voters believe police should get a warrant before searching personal information on someone’s cell phone.

You can read Digital Constitution’s article about the poll here.

Congratulations to Karen Skelton: Emmy Nomination

Posted on July 14th, 2014

Congratulations to our former Dewey Square Group colleague Karen Skelton for the Emmy nomination of the Shriver Report’s HBO documentary, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t yet seen it.

Go to the Shriver Report’s website to learn more. If you’re an HBO subscriber, you can also watch the documentary online.

New Poll: Rising American Electorate Crucial for 2014 Elections

Posted on April 8th, 2014

A recent survey conducted by Stan Greenberg for Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund proved just how crucial a role unmarried women, young voters and minorities will play in upcoming election cycles. This group, known as the Rising American Electorate (RAE), will be the deciding vote between who wins and who loses.

Page Gardner, President of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund said that the survey is a road map to success and that any candidate who wants to win his or her election will need to support equal pay and an economic agenda that supports women and their families.

Check out this piece from the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent on the poll.

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