To wean America off foreign oil, DuVal & Associates co-coordinated the Pickens Plan—a national initiative launched by famed businessman T. Boone Pickens to develop our own energy resources. This effort rallied more than 1.7 million Americans who want Congress and the White House to create a National Energy strategy (where there is none) that will stimulate more wind and solar energy for transmitted base load power and the use of natural gas for transportation. To date, the “Pickens Army” has generated more than 10,000 media hits, 200 opinion columns and 400 interviews. Much of the Pickens Plan has been passed by Congress.
In response to outrage over debit credit card “swipe fees” that penalize merchants and customers, DuVal & Associates was retained to help build and coordinate tools of engagement for citizens who wanted to address the issue. The fees were costly for small businesses and consumers alike, with stores passing on as much of their bank-mandated debit card costs to customers in the form of higher prices. In response, in 2011, Congress passed legislation that capped debit card swipe fees in order to assist small businesses and local community banks.
Leading drug manufacturer, Pfizer, sought to design and implement a nationwide program that would provide prescriptions to those unable to pay for essential medication. DuVal & Associates worked with Pfizer to create a state-by-state roll-out of “Pfizer Helpful Answers”—a program that to date has helped more than 3.8 million uninsured and underinsured Americans gain access to 40 million Pfizer prescriptions for free or at a significant savings.
Civil Discourse & Debate
The nonpartisan National Institute for Civil Discourse believes there is a better way to debate national priorities—one that will protect energized debate and lead to more effective government. The institute, founded by Fred DuVal, built a national Board that includes former Presidents Clinton and Bush, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, and journalists Katie Couric, Greta Van Susteren and Scott Simon. The Institute is supporting research and is leading a national conversation about the need for different approaches to political debate.
Rural Economic Development
When the rural town of Eloy, Ariz., sought to build a destination theme park, a private development team turned to DuVal & Associates to assist. DuVal’s team coordinated marketing this idea and assisting the Legislature to craft new financing tools to make this community aspiration a reality. Similarly, when the City of Tucson sought to craft financing tools to retain spring training baseball, the Tucson baseball boosters retained DuVal to assist in the effort.