WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US High Speed Rail Association has appointed Hill & Knowlton as its communications agency of record as it seeks to intensify its advocacy for high speed rail development in America. Selected based on its network reach and transportation credentials, H&K will lead the group’s communications strategy and outreach efforts.
“We are excited to work with Hill & Knowlton as we spread the word about the benefits of high speed rail,” says Andy Kunz, president and CEO, US HSR. “The relationship will expand the association’s ability to inform and mobilize public support to bring high speed rail to America. We are seeing unprecedented new momentum for our message about the benefits of true high speed systems across the country and H&K is best positioned to help accelerate and amplify that message.”
H&K has 15 offices in all the key markets identified as potential sites for high speed rail in the U.S., and with the leadership of agency vice chairman Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the firm offers unmatched insights and expertise to a range of clients in the transportation industry, working with clients in the airline, train and automotive sectors.
“As a new association striving to develop a new infrastructure, we require smart, strategic thinking from our communications partner,” says Thomas Hart, vice president of government affairs and general counsel for USHSR. “H&K brings global relationships and resources that will be beneficial to US HSR as we work with decision makers and elected officials to develop sound policies in the development and deployment of high speed rail throughout the nation."