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Business and government work better when they work together. Odney has provided grassroots and public relations services to our clients since 1990. That's why it's a natural progression to add public affairs, government relations and lobbying to our portfolio of services. As our client, you can take advantage of the "one-stop-shop" aspect of having all of your marketing, public relations, public affairs and government relations needs met under one roof.

The head of our Public Affairs division, Shane Goettle, has an extensive background in state and federal government and the private sector as both an attorney and small business owner. As the North Dakota State Commerce Commissioner, Shane oversaw the agency that is responsible for economic development, tourism, community services and workforce programs. During his tenure at the Department of Commerce, Shane chaired the Governor's State Energy Policy Commission and led an initiative to develop a $1 billion infrastructure investment in the state's oil and gas counties.

Before joining Odney, Shane was a candidate for U.S. Congress. Prior to that, he also was the State Director for U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Chief of Staff to an Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

Working closely with Shane is Cory Fong, who brings nearly 20 years of experience in state and local government, most recently during his 8 years as North Dakota Tax Commissioner. As Tax Commissioner, Cory oversaw the implementation of nearly $2.2 billion in broad-based tax relief delivering savings to hardworking North Dakota families, farmers and ranchers, and small business owners. Under Cory's leadership, the tax agency became a valued and trusted partner with the state's economic development community.

Cory has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Deputy Secretary of State, and managed John Hoeven's first successful re-election campaign for governor in 2004.

Lacee Bjork Anderson has spent over 10 years of honing her persuasive skills as an attorney and recruiter. She has a passion for politics and spent the 2015 legislative session as the Assistant to Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner. She previously worked on local and national campaigns, and served as a volunteer election law attorney for the 2006 St. Paul mayoral race. She practiced law for three years at a highly respected Twin Cities firm before entering the recruiting field. As a recruiter, she worked with a wide variety of industries, including Fortune 500 companies, large national law firms, and mid-sized to large engineering firms throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Her clients are her top priority and she knows what it takes to get the job done.

Public Affairs and Government Relations

When you have business with federal, state and local governments, you need a knowledgeable, experienced public affairs and government relations team. Shane Goettle and Cory Fong know the issues, the key players and the political landscape. They will help you navigate the complexities and achieve your goals. As North Dakota's premier full service Public Affairs organization, Odney delivers proven grassroots development, media engagement, paid media campaigns, the latest in social media tools, and community and public relations services. We offer a customer-focused, full-service media and marketing organization that will leverage on your behalf strong governmental and political relationships, experience with complex issues, and grassroots know-how.


Your goals may require navigating beyond the complexities of government and into regulatory or policy changes. That's when it's time to put the 40 years of combined experience in Odney's Public Affairs division to work for you in the legislative arena. With access to all the expertise in Odney's tool chest, our team will provide a broad range of legislative services ranging from simply tracking legislation to developing, advancing and achieving legislative goals.

Strategic Planning and Project Management

When it's time to conduct informal goal setting, develop or refine your organizational direction, or embark upon full-scale strategic planning, our team is here to help. We offer years of experience leading diverse agencies, organizations, boards, committees, discussions and meetings. We are prepared and ready to help you grow, reach new heights, and ultimately be more successful.

Let Odney's Public Affairs division also take charge of your project management needs and help you plan, execute and measure projects. We can provide research, surveying and polling, gather comments from the public and stakeholders, conduct community meetings and facilitate focus groups, write reports and presentations, and handle other public relations needs as well.

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