The annual TransAction Conference was held on April 17-19 at Tropicana in Atlantic City. Stokes’ April 18 presentation “Technical Media Trends in Public Outreach” featured our own Chris Stokes; John Keller, P.E., P.M.P. of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Veronica Murphy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation; and Elizabeth Thompson, AICP, LEED GA, of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Chris also presented at Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc. April 19 session, “Design-Build: The Relationship of Government, the Designer, and the Contractor with the Community.”
Congratulations to Malini Swaminathan, P.E., PTOE, from Atkins, who won the Stokes Creative Group raffle – an ipad mini!
April 16, 2013
Congratulations to Team Pink and Team Light Green winners of the 2013 NJIT and Masonry Contractors of New Jersey Design Build competition.
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Don’t miss this great opportunity to see how leaders in the transportation industry are keeping the public involved!
Join Stokes Creative Group Inc., as Chris Stokes oversees a fantastic panel of experts including, John M. Keller, P.E., P.M.P., Supervising Engineer with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Elizabeth Thompson, AICP, LEED GA, Principal Planner in the Regional Planning Department of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and Veronica Murphy, Principal Planner with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
They will share methods and options in technical media and social media that are being used in the transportation industry. These options are sure to increase your public outreach effectiveness! The presentation will utilize examples from current major projects such as the New Jersey Turnpike 6 to 9 Widening; the Pulaski Skyway; and the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, The New NY Bridge.
You won’t want to miss this!
- #32: Technical Media Trends in Public Outreach
- Thursday, April 18, 2013 / 10:45 am- 11:55 am
- Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
*SCG’s Chris Stokes will also be speaking on Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates’ panel discussion - Design-Build: The Relationship of Government, the Designer, and the Contractor with the Community Friday, April 19th between 9:40 am – 10:35 am.
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April 4, 2013:
Stokes Creative Group, Inc. Leading Public Involvement for Replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge
New public outreach contract showcases Stokes Creative Group Inc.’s presence and capabilities in the Northeast Vincentown, New Jersey
Stokes Creative Group, Inc. (SCG) is responsible for a large-scale public outreach and public involvement effort associated with the $4 billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, known as the “New NY Bridge.” As part of the Tappan Zee Constructors design-build team, Stokes is working with the New York State Thruway Authority and other state agencies to help engage and inform the public at all stages of the project over the course of the next five years. Thus far the firm has conducted two successful public meetings on February 4th and 5th, in Tarrytown and Nyack, New York, respectively. Through public meetings as well as other social media channels such as websites, SCG will keep the public informed throughout the life of the project, while inviting the public to participate in a dialogue about the project. Clear and easily understandable graphics will help make sure that the public is informed. SCG will use its proven video production, graphic design and other illustrative capabilities to help explain complex ideas. The end result will be meaningful and transparent public engagement. SCG is also working to promote the project by creating the branding and style materials that will come to signify the project. The project website is now live with videos and imagery at www.newnybridge.com.
Tappan Zee Constructors consists of Fluor, American Bridge, Granite, and Traylor Bros., along with HDR as lead designer, supported by Buckland & Taylor, URS, and GZA. The design-build team will carry out this historic bridge replacement project over the next five years. “Stokes Creative Group is proud to be part of such an exciting project and a member of a world class team,” says SCG President Joanne Stokes.
Stokes Creative Group, Inc. (SCG) is a Public Involvement firm with over 20 years of strong multimedia experience. SCG specializes in conceptualizing, designing, and producing print collateral, websites, interactive media, and video productions. SCG is certified to work throughout the Northeast from Massachusetts to Georgia and maintains certifications as a WBE/DBE/SBE (Woman/Small Business Enterprise). www.stokescg.com
Stokes Creative Group Leading Public Involvement for Replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge
Stokes Creative Group (Stokes) is designing and implementing an ambitious Public Involvement Program (PIP) Support Plan for the $3.9 billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, known as the “New NY Bridge Project.” As part of the Design-Build team of the Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC, Stokes will be involved from planning and design through construction - providing public outreach and information services. As part of this effort Stokes will utilize all of its talents in the technical media area to help keep all parties informed throughout design and construction; respond to the public and press inquiries; create and distribute public information materials; develop branding and style materials that will come to signify the project; and organize public events for project milestones, including the opening ceremony.
The Tappan Zee Bridge, which was built in 1955, has stood beyond its useful lifespan and is a constant source of traffic congestion in the region. The New NY Bridge Project will incorporate improved structural, operational, mobility, safety, and security features. Key elements of the new bridge include reduced congestion with eight traffic lanes, four breakdown/emergency lanes, and new E-Z Pass lanes; a bike/pedestrian path; and provisions for future bus, rapid transit, and rail. The state-of-the-art New NY Bridge will not need major repairs for over 100 years.
As part of the Tappan Zee Constructors design-build team, Stokes is working with the New York State Thruway Authority and other state agencies to help engage and inform the public at all stages of the project over the course of the next five years. Through public meetings as well as other social media channels such as websites, Stokes will keep the public informed throughout the life of the project, while inviting the public to participate in a dialogue about the project. Stokes will use its proven video production, graphic design and other illustrative capabilities to help convey the project’s goals and highlights.
Stokes has a solid track record in designing and implementing well documented Public Involvement Programs aimed at increasing public confidence throughout the life of large-scale transportation infrastructure improvement programs. With more than 25 years of expertise, the firm’s community outreach process focuses on establishing common objectives and providing a full range of successful strategies for achieving those objectives. Throughout the tri-state area, Stokes has cultivated successful relationships with transportation agencies and consultants alike by providing unique communications solutions on their most prominent projects. Stokes’ information, communication, and multimedia campaigns enable projects to run as smoothly as possible; in turn, engineers, architects, and project owners can focus on completing their projects on schedule and within budget.
Stokes’ public involvement role on the New NY Bridge project is enhanced by the firm’s full range of multimedia capabilities. Stokes brings specialized expertise in video production, as well as the development of photographs, renderings and visualizations, websites and other technical media for major transportation construction projects throughout the region. The firm’s creative technical media capabilities have been integral to the success of projects large and small over the years, including the ongoing $2.7 billion NJ Turnpike Interchange 6 to 9 Widening.
Stokes’ role on the New NY Bridge project is a natural extension of this work history—25 years of experience dedicated to conceptualizing, designing, and producing print collateral, websites, interactive media, and video productions. Formerly known as JMS Visual Communications, today Stokes Creative Group is a full-service agency that specializes in the transportation and construction industries.
Stokes is certified to work throughout the Northeast from Massachusetts to Georgia and maintains certifications as a WBE/DBE/SBE (Woman/Small Business Enterprise).
Tappan Zee Constructors consists of Fluor, American Bridge, Granite, and Traylor Bros., along with HDR as lead designer, supported by Buckland & Taylor, URS, and GZA. The design-build team will carry out this historic bridge replacement project over the next five years. “Stokes Creative Group is delighted to be part of such an exciting project and a member of a world class team,” says Stokes’ President Joanne Stokes.
15th Annual Women Presidents’ Organization Conference
Stokes Creative Group, Inc.’s Founder and President, Joanne M. Stokes recently attended the 15th Annual Women Presidents’ Organization Conference in Atlanta, GA. This conference attracted upwards of 750 women serving in the role of President for companies throughout the world. With sponsorships from major international companies including Wells Fargo, American Airlines, IBM Corporation, UPS, and Principal Financial Group the WPO was able to provide a rich variety of educational and social programming for conference attendees. Throughout this conference Ms. Stokes was able to share business strategies and experience with other successful women, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers. Acclaimed actress Geena Davis served as a keynote speaker for the conference. Ms. Stokes looks forward to continuing her participation in upcoming events as an enthusiastic member of the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Ever create a print that is 11 feet high and 300 feet long?
Stokes creative group has. From concept to execution Stokes was all over the walls of Terminal Constructions new World Headquarters. The project involved creating a montage of the company’s legacy showing many of the signature projects that they have built over the past century. Every image had to be setup perfectly and when dealing with old images that is always a challenge. Stokes has been photographing projects for Terminal over the past decade or so. This gave a good base of more current images to work with. The final design was floor to ceiling and had to plan for furniture and door placements even wall fixtures. Once the design was approved several days of installation took place to install the wall coverings. When completed the 3000 square feet of wall space was transformed to artwork sure to impress visitors for years.
March 05 2012:
Stokes Creative Group, Inc. aids the NJ Mission of Honor.
Major Ron Hathaway (Ret.) presents a token of appreciation to Chris Stokes of Stokes Creative Group, Inc. on behalf of New Jersey's Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans. Stokes Creative Group supported the organization with presentations that aided in their fundraising efforts and contributed to their tremendous success. Through the efforts of the NJ Mission of Honor 132 veteran's cremains have been reunited with their families and 51 forgotten veterans have been interred giving them the honors they deserve. For more information about the NJ Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans, visit www.njmissionofhonor.org.
April 14 2011:
Stokes Creative Group, Inc. was a major contributing sponsor for one of the most important Transportation Conference and Expos in New Jersey: The NJ Council on Special Transportation’s (NJCOST) TransAction 2011. This conference and expo took place April 6th–8th, 2011 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Stokes Creative Group, Inc. provided sponsorship for refreshments and special events throughout the three day conference as well as donating the company’s design expertise to create the cover of the TransAction 2011 Directory.
Joanne Stokes, President/Founder of Stokes Creative Group, Inc. and JMS Visual Communications was on site throughout the entire conference. As a Board Member of the Greater New York Chapter of the Womens’ Transportation Seminar (WTS) she played a major role organizing and executing a panel session entitled “Contracting Opportunities in New Jersey for 2011-2012.”
The esteemed panel included speakers from major NJ Transportation organizations: Mary K. Murphy, Executive Director of the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA); Samuel L. Donelson, Deputy Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA); and Andrea E. Ward, Director of Purchasing at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA). The session provided a prime networking opportunity for large firms, small firms, and clients. The information the panelists shared would serve to prepare program managers, project managers, and business development personnel in contractor A/E/C firms and Small Business Enterprises to evaluate and effectively respond to anticipated contracts. By sharing this “inside information” with the firms in advance the agencies will create more robust competition among firms, as they will now be able to better prepare for their submissions.