PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT


GOVERNMENT CLIENTS


CALIFORNIA: Cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Ventura, Newport Beach, Union City, Los Altos, Los Gatos, and Davis; and the Counties of Contra Costa, San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara


FLORIDA: City of Tampa 


MARYLAND: Montgomery County 


MICHIGAN: City of Ann Arbor; Independence Township


MINNESOTA: Cities of Burnsville, Eagan, and St. Louis Park; North Suburban Communications Commission (Cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, St. Anthony, and Shoreview); Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (Cities of Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul)


NEW YORK: Cities of Rye and Syracuse; Town & Village of Harrison; Town & Village of Mamaroneck; Village of Larchmont; and the Village of Scarsdale


SOUTH DAKOTA: Aberdeen


TENNESSEE: City of Nashville and Davidson County


VIRGINIA: Arlington County


WASHINGTON: King County, Kitsap County


The Buske Group was retained by these local governments to conduct extensive needs assessments as a part of the overall franchise renewal process. Our duties included some or all of the following tasks:


1. Design overall needs assessment process and identify tasks to be undertaken;


2. Conduct a statistically valid telephone survey of residents;


3. Conduct an on-line survey of residents;


4. Conduct focus group meetings;


5. Review all aspects of PEG access operations and channel management;


6. Collect and analyze technology, strategic, long range, and communication plans prepared by various community organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions;


7. Interview representatives of various community agencies and organizations; and

 

8. Prepare reports documenting key findings and recommendations regarding community cable related needs and interests.



NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CLIENTS


CALIFORNIA: CreaTV San Jose, Santa Rosa Community Media Center


MASSACHUSETTS: Somerville Community Access Television, Martha’s Vineyard Community Television,  Middleborough Community Cable Access Media, Belmont Media Center, Malden Access TV; Danvers Community Access Television, Reading Community Access TV, Salisbury Community TV & Media Center, Fall River Community Media


MINNESOTA:  Saint Paul Neighborhood Network


MONTANA: Missoula Community Access Television


NEW YORK: Manhattan Neighborhood Network, BRIC Community Media


PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh Community Television


The Buske Group was retained by these community media organizations to conduct extensive needs assessments, most often as a part of a franchise renewal process. Our duties included some or all of the following tasks:


1. Review cable franchise agreement, any franchise amendments, and contracts between community media organizations and cities and/or cable operators;


2. Establish good working relationships with City representatives and franchise renewal consultants as well as the staff and Board of Directors of the local community media organization;


3. Tour the local community media organization's facilities and review its day-to-day operations;


4. Determine the level to which the cable operator fulfilled its community media-related obligations;


5. Conduct a statistically valid telephone survey of residents;


6. Conduct an on-line survey of residents;


7. Plan and conduct focus group workshops and distribute questionnaires at those workshops;


8. Prepare reports documenting key findings and recommendations regarding the community-indicated needs of the local community media organization;


9. Present report to the Board of Directors of the local community media organization and meet with City staff and consultants to discuss findings and recommendations; and


10. Provide assistance and advice to the local community media organization as needed throughout the cable franchise renewal process.