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North Wind Part of Award-Winning Team PMI- People’s Choice Award

North Wind is honored to support the Mission Support Alliance (MSA) Public Involvement Officers team at Hanford Site, Washington and proud to be a part of the project team selected for the 2018 People’s Choice Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI) for the Hanford Live 2017 Project, a two-hour social media broadcast held in April 2017.

“The project team’s innovation and efforts are to be commended. Everyone collaborated to make the project a huge success and North Wind is delighted to support this team and proud to be a part of this prestigious award.” said Chris Leichtweis, North Wind Group CEO/President.

Project team members pictured left to right: DOE’s Rich Buel, MSA’s Dana Cowley and Jen Colborn, and North Wind’s Dieter Bohrmann. (Photo credit to DOE’s Office of Environmental Management)

Hanford Live 2017 was an innovative, interactive social media broadcast designed to expand and improve public involvement related to Hanford Site activities. The event was promoted via press release, social media and the TPA agency mailing list. Anyone, anywhere in the world could participate once registered for the free broadcast. Hanford Live 2017 was broadcast live through social media outlets. It was a collaboration involving staff from DOE, numerous contractors, and the Hanford regulators (Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)), with additional participation from the local stakeholder group, the Hanford Advisory Board.

Instead of having to drive somewhere to hear about Hanford, people could watch Hanford Live 2017 from the comfort of their homes. They could also send in questions via Facebook, Twitter, email, or Livestream to have them answered in real time by the presenters.

Compared to traditional public meetings held about Hanford, which drew only a handful of participants, more than 1,000 people participated in Hanford Live during the two-hour broadcast. Viewers from as far away as Japan and England watched the show. More than 50 questions were received and answered. The broadcast is posted on YouTube and received nearly 1,000 views after the original airing.

This was a substantial improvement over traditional public meetings. It was more cost effective; more convenient for participants and viewers; it appealed to a technologically savvy audience; and participants could come and go from the broadcast based on their interest and schedule.

The project was honored at PMI’s awards gala in February 2018 at the Richland Community Center. The Project of the Year was awarded to CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company for successfully grouting Tunnel 1 of the Plutonium Uranium Extraction plant following a partial collapse in May 2017. Award recipients now have the opportunity to apply for national and global competitions.

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North Wind Team – Dieter Bohrmann, Ken Valder, Rose Nipper and Gene Gibson

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