URG/RGCC hosts public relations seminar

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE — The Public Relations Society of America-River Cities chapter will host its regular meeting this month in Rio Grande.

The meeting is noon Friday at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College’s Davis University Center board room. This month’s meeting will center on a panel titled, “Can You Hear Me Now?: Reaching and Communicating Effectively with Elected Officials.”

Those in attendance will hear directly from the individuals you’re trying to reach. This panel discussion includes current and former elected state officials and an independent lobbyist. Lunch will be provided by the the URG/RGCC.

Panelists include:

Bob Peterson — Current member of the Ohio Senate from the 17th District. Peterson serves as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and as a member of the Agriculture Committee, Finance Committee, Insurance Committee, Public Utilities Committee, State and Local Government Committee, Education Committee and Finance General Government Subcommittee. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 85th district.

Clyde Evans — Former member of the Ohio House of Representatives represented the 87th District from 2003 to 2010.

Rich Bitonte —An independent lobbyist and President of Bitonte Group LLC. Bitonte Group is a full-service lobbying and government relations consulting firm providing comprehensive government affairs representation to a diverse clientele.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michelle Johnston, president of URG and RGCC.

Formed in December 2015, the PRSA-River Cities Chapter aims to further the public relations profession in Huntington, Ashland, Ironton, Portsmouth, and surrounding areas, according to Dr. Terry L. Hapney Jr., associate professor of public relations at Marshall University and president of PRSA-River Cities.

“PRSA-River Cities brings professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members,” Hapney said. “Our organization also advocates for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, engages in networking, and acts as a voice on the important business and professional issues of the public relations industry.”

Communications and media professionals are invited to attend and to join the chapter. To learn more, contact prsarivercities@gmail.com; visit www.prsarivercities.org; or PRSA-River Cities’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prsarivercities.


Staff Report