Testimonials

“I’ve worked with Sara for the past eight years on various transportation and infrastructure projects throughout Southern California. Her work on behalf of the LA Streetcar project is a value-add for the agencies managing the project and for the downtown LA residential and business community as well. She understands the importance of developing two-way communication with stakeholders, which motivates them to participate and engage in the public process on behalf of the project.”

- Steve Ortmann, Vice President, AECOM

“Outreach is essential in any construction project, especially in Southern California when many projects intersect and cause frustration for motorists, businesses, and residents. Sara and her team have been so valuable as we work to replace the Firestone Bridge in the cities of Norwalk and Downey. As a major thoroughfare to I-605 and I-5, informing residents and businesses about closures and detours is essential. Creating a dialogue with stakeholders and ensuring that they have someone to call when they have a question or a concern is what Sara and her team do best.”

- Abdollah Fakhouri, Senior Project Manager, FCG Consultants

“The Athens Group has successfully worked in a number of very affluent and difficult communities in California to develop luxury hotel and residential mixed-use projects. The success of each development is dependent upon a successful entitlement process and we have worked with some of the best community outreach organizations in the market to help us achieve our goals. Currently, we are working with Costin Outreach Group and Sara and her team of professionals are some of the best we have ever had the pleasure of working with. They live the project with us and they excel at face-to-face interaction with the community. COG does more than just knock on a door or simply introduce themselves to someone at a Farmer’s Market or a retailer. They create relationships, which empowers stakeholders to take action on behalf of our project. Before they communicate and interact with the public, Sara’s team completes a rigorous training program that enables them to internalize the project like a principal and to deliver the project’s key messages and answer difficult questions. Most importantly, the COG team has been a very stable part of our project, which provides us with increased comfort and efficiencies and minimizes overlap and use of our limited time and resources. Costin Outreach Group will be our first choice for community outreach assistance in our future California projects.”

- Jay B. Newman, Chief Operating Officer, The Athens Group