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Communications veterans form alliance

Blanton, Carlton provide expertise in government affairs, media relations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Two veteran communications strategists trusted by governors, mayors and CEOs are joining forces.

Carla Blanton, a Lexington-based communications consultant and former gubernatorial adviser, and Chad Carlton, owner of a Louisville communications firm and former political journalist, have formed a strategic alliance centered on public affairs communications.

Together, they have nearly 50 years of professional communications experience that includes:

♦ Public affairs and issue campaigns including Louisville’s city-county merger, expanded gaming, a school referendum and a constitutional amendment

♦ Strategic communications planning

♦ Media relations

♦ Crisis communications

Carlton, a former Lexington Herald-Leader political reporter, was communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson for eight years before forming his own consulting firm in 2010 – C2 Strategic Communications. The firm focuses on community improvement and its clients include:

♦ Ohio River Bridges Project, one of the nation’s largest transportation construction projects, which includes two new bridges in Louisville to improve safety and expand commerce

♦55,000 Degrees, Louisville’s college-going movement that’s increasing the number of adults with college degrees

♦ Uspiritus, Kentucky’s most comprehensive care provider for abused and neglected children

♦ Non-profit agencies including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, St. Joseph Children’s Home and Cedar Lake Lodge

Blanton served as communications director for Gov. Ernie Fletcher before establishing her own public affairs and strategic messaging firm in 2006.