Collaborating for better community relations

Community News

Once a year, everyone at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) who coordinates community relations activities for their location or organization meets face-to-face for two days of sharing and collaboration. MPC Public Affairs (PA) acts as facilitator, using what it learns for stories in company publications and social media outlets, in addition to the annual corporate Citizenship Report.

This year the group was hosted by MPC’s Detroit refinery. In addition to individual presentations and discussion, including a special spotlight on the emerging role of social media led by PA’s Brandon Daniels, the two days planned by Detroit Community Relations Representative Tiffany Jones and Administrative Assistant Barb Majors included a refinery tour and a boat ride up the Rouge River.

“The interaction helps inspire everyone,” comments State Government and Public Affairs Director Chuck Rice. “This group also collaborates regularly via conference call, but coming together in person offers the opportunity to develop closer relationships.”

“I enjoy meeting other MPC employees from the other refineries and locations doing similar community relations work,” notes Catlettsburg Community Relations Representative Sheila Fraley. “By sharing our programs and event outcomes, we can take advantage of ideas that really work. With the support of our Public Affairs team in Findlay, we truly can make a difference in our communities.”

MPC employees look forward to the yearly meeting with representatives from all MPC sites.  Informal collaboration is a large part of the purpose of the meeting.