Alicia Netterville Joshua Tom Jarvis Dortch Candace Coleman Vara Lyons Dr. Ashley McLaughlin
Since our founding in 1969, the ACLU has grown in numbers and strength, but we continue to hold true to our founding mission: promoting, defending, and extending civil liberties to all Mississippians with emphasis on issues related to criminal justice reform, educational opportunities, equal access/equality for all, voter rights, and governmental transparency and accountability. We accomplish our mission through legislation, litigation, and advocacy.
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys and advisors in 16 offices in 15markets strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. We provide leadership strategies and proactive solutions by assembling teams of attorneys and advisors to identify and meet the specific needs of our clients. Our Governmental Relations Team works at the federal, state and local levels to advance our clients' goals and interests. Beginning with a clear understanding of the client's needs, our attorneys and lobbyists craft strategies and implement action plans that may involve legislative or executive processes. Our team members are based in Washington DC, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas. While our client base is increasingly national in scope, Adams and Reese remains committed to furthering the economic health of businesses at the state and local level.
Associated General Contractors was chartered in Washington D.C. in 1937 and the MS Chapter was chartered in April 1946 to organize a commercial construction trade association representing general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in one organization. The AGC maintains fully staffed, plan room and offices in Jackson and Gulfport to serve all areas. The AGC merged with the AGC Municipal/Utility Division of AGC and now has all classifications of membership available in the construction industry. The AGC, is, by far, the oldest association in MS representing the Commercial Industry.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocates for evidence-based public policies to reduce the cancer burden for everyone. We engage our volunteers across the country to make their voices heard by policymakers at every level of government. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.
Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures.
We stand with our volunteers-people whose lives have been impacted by cancer-rallying to demand change. Together, we're working to make cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. By engaging advocates across the country to make their voices heard, ACS CAN influences legislative and regulatory solutions that will end cancer as we know it, for everyone.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi (ACEC-MS) is the business association of the engineering community. Over 90 member firms (with over 1400 employees) design the environmental, transportation, educational and recreational infrastructure that allows the residents of Mississippi to drink clean water, take advantage of new technologies and travel safely. Founded in 1969, ACEC-MS is affiliated with the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, DC.
Katherine Bryant, Senior Director, Government Relations and Advocacy Kathryn Rehner-Sullivan Laken Camp
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases-America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers-we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
Associated Builders & Contractors was founded on a strong belief in the Free Enterprise System and the Merit Shop Philosophy. We are the largest construction trade association in Mississippi and one of the largest chapters of ABC in the nation. We represent approximately 600 member companies and their some 55,000 employees.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services and Warner Media. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 5G capabilities, It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseÂ® and AT&T DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
Brent Alexander is Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, P.C.,one of the nation's top 100 largest law firms. Baker Donelson's State Public Policy and Government Law professionals provide a wide array of services to governmental entities and those seeking to work with governmental entities or governmental programs. Our team is extremely effective in achieving state and federal legislative solutions for our clients, including drafting, monitoring, testifying and lobbying for and against specific appropriations and legislation, in addition to message development, media strategy, advocacy campaign management and strategic business consulting. While our experience covers all areas of public policy and government law, we have extensive experience in Health Care, Gaming, Transportation, Banking and Corporate Finance, Environmental, Economic Development, Airports, Housing, Insurance, Procurements and Contracts, Government Investigations, Public Infrastructure and Public Finance.
Bastillian Strategies is a political consulting and lobbying firm. We seek to create regulatory environments where innovation and industries can thrive. Our business covers a vast array of our clients' needs from administration, campaign management, consulting, fundraising, and lobbying. This fully systematic way to approach legislation is unique and seeks to provide a comprehensive experience for clients that delivers results. Our lobbyists are well versed in more than just legislative knowledge, but with cultural understanding of Mississippi. These organic and genuine relationships allow us to work seamlessly with policy makers to create desired outcomes for our clients. We have clients in highly regulated and scrutinized industries. Learn more about us at www.bastillianstrategies.com
Bodock Strategies is a single-member LLC established in 2023 and owned by Kenny Ellis. As a public policy specialist with expertise in legislative affairs, policy implementation, political negotiation, and strategy, Ellis is highly experienced and effective in relationship building among large groups of public officials and policy stakeholders.
Ellis served as Policy Director for Governor Tate Reeves and in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor for eight years prior. During this time, he became well versed in nearly every legislative topic. As Policy Director, he was tasked with installing all newly-appointed agency heads, assessing the efficiency of each agency, and implementing creative solutions to problems such as prison riots, historic flooding and tornadoes, and the Covid-19 Pandemic.
With over a decade of experience and success in politics and state government, Ellis now brings invaluable skills and qualities to clients
John Milner has been a member of the Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes law firm since 1978. John has been a registered lobbyist in Mississippi for over 25 years, representing private business and industrial clients regarding bills being considered by the Mississippi Legislature, as well as regulatory issues being considered by Mississippi administrative agencies. Simultaneously with his government relations practice, he is an environmental law specialist, having been recognized by Woodward/White as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental in Mississippi. He is a Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has received the highest ranking by Chambers & Partners and is counsel for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi Poultry Association and the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Bethany Stanfill, Partner Herb Frierson Katie Bryant Snell
Let BSS Global manage your business development and government relations activities. Our advisors provide strategic counsel to clients across a variety of industries.
We offer business development, governmental affairs, and public relations services; strategic planning; issues management; and more to clients across the United States and the globe - from Fortune 500 companies to trade associations and international entities, including foreign governments.
Our team has a combined sixty years of experience creating strategies and policies to grow companies and help them navigate the political and social environments that shape their industries. Our firm maintains memberships in a variety of business and political organizations including the International Economic Development Council and the Republican Governor's Association (Executive Roundtable).
At BSS Global, we solve problems and create opportunities for our partners.
Sidney P. Allen, Jr., Senior Government Relations Advisor Caroline W. Sims, Senior Government Relations Advisor Kathryn B. Stewart, Senior Government Relations Advisor Joe Sims, Senior Government Relations Advisor
Butler Snow Government Relations Group operates directly in the legislative arena coordinating and directing lobbying efforts for our clients. The firm's legislative work consists of monitoring for statutory changes on behalf of business clients, drafting and reviewing legislation of interest to clients, preparing arguments on draft legislation, intelligence gathering and providing strategic and political guidance for lobbying efforts. This legislative work requires an intimate understanding of the legislative process, the rules under which both houses operate and the individuals who control the flow of legislation. Often a legislative issue requires such frenetic work inside the Capitol that the project requires a manager for the entire effort, whose scope is broader than the fight of the day and whose perspective is more dispassionate than the emotional setting of the legislative process often allows. This skill is the value that Butler Snow offers to clients in the legislative arena.
Capitol Ag Services, Inc. was founded in 2003 by its President, Harry Dendy. Dendy is a 33-year veteran of the Farm Credit System having served in the mortgage lending profession for 22 years and as Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas for 11 years.
Capitol Ag Services, Inc. specializes in issues that face Veterinarians, Health Care Providers and agriculture organizations in Mississippi.
Dendy gives council and advice to key legislators when considering legislation that affects the members and the organizations that represent these industries.
His background and his knowledge of the legislative process qualify him
to represent his clients in a professional and credible manner.
Henry Barbour Reed Branson Clare Hester Matthew Majure Pete Smith Harper Coleman Camp Murphy Lindsey Chhabra
Capitol Resources LLC, the South's leading government relations firm with 25 team members, offers an unparalleled breadth of services to our diverse array of clients. We provide a full scope of government relations services, including strategic planning, procurement, contracting, crisis management, grassroots advocacy, public affairs and direct lobbying. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., Capitol Resources knows what it takes to win. Our team members are seasoned by decades of lobbying experience in Mississippi and enriched by diverse backgrounds. Our clients include businesses, trade associations, and non-profits. We focus on lobbying state executive and legislative branches, local government, as well as the United States Congress and the Administration. We maintain offices in Mississippi, as well as in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, DC. Learn more about our team at www.capitolresourcesllc.com.
Catchings Strategic Consultant Group, LLC is thoroughly familiar with and experienced in the legislative process. Our lobbyists' relationships with legislative members and staff, as well as agency executives and their staff, have been built during the last decade. The Catchings Group provides experience as a public policy advisor, analyst, strategist, and consultant to businesses. We have built relationships with decision makers across all levels of government.
Clearwater Group, LLC is a full-service consulting firm specializing in federal, state, and local government relations, fundraising, political consulting, business development and grassroots advocacy. Current clients represent a wide range of the business community; from environmental and energy to audit and healthcare companies. The firm's partners are proven in navigating complex issues before the legislative and executive branches, and cite decades of success directing political campaigns. The Clearwater Group team develops an aggressive and strategic approach for each client, designed to best accomplish their specific goals.
Cooperative Energy serves as the only not-for-profit wholesale electric power provider headquartered in Mississippi. In this role, Cooperative Energy generates and transmits electricity for 11 Member distribution systems located in the southern and western portions of the state. Cooperative Energy and its 11 Member cooperatives provide power to 445,000 homes and businesses across the state.
Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. was formed in 1985 and has grown to over eighty attorneys. A progressive, full-service law firm, CCTB possesses the superior knowledge, experience, and resources needed to deliver exceptional service to its clients. Whether the client is an individual, a small business, or a large corporation, CCTB attorneys offer legal services with emphasis on quality, professionalism, client service, and efficiency. CCTB attorneys distinguish themselves by their willingness to try lawsuits and their record of success. With offices located in Ridgeland, Biloxi, and Hattiesburg, the firm is capable of handling all of your state and federal needs.
Elliott Flaggs, Principal Kelly Wright Camille Scales Young, Principal Manning McPhillips Drew Maddox, Principal Neal Lancaster, Associate
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC is a full-service, bipartisan public affairs consulting firm specializing in government relations. Our team provides professional and hands-on government affairs representation, public affairs and community relations, strategic consulting and advocacy for a myriad of clients. Utilizing a broad array of policy expertise and experience in Mississippi state government, we build relationships and alliances on behalf of our clients to enable them to work effectively in state and local government and to accomplish their business development goals.
Beckie Feldman, Elliott Flaggs, Neal Lancaster, Drew Maddox, Manning McPhillips, Kelly Wright, and Camille Scales Young are the professionals in the Jackson, MS, office.
Corporate Relations Management is a highly regarded public affairs firm that specializes in government relations and lobbying. Our clients find that we are their trusted partner, sharing our expertise, experience and relationships to help them reach the desired outcome when working with the Mississippi legislature and other government entities and issues. Whether your goal is new legislation, modification of a regulation, or stopping legislation, CRM has a proven track record of success in achieving results even in the most adverse circumstances.
JAMES T. COX, JD, is the presiding member of Cox Law Group, PLLC, an innovative group of health care lawyers who provide clients a full range of health care related legal services. With more than thirty years of experience in the representation of health care clients, Mr. Cox has a unique understanding of the details of health care delivery. He helps clients meet their critical objectives by developing and executing customized strategies that successfully navigate Mississippi's legislative, political and regulatory processes. He has extensive regulatory experience including advising clients in the areas of coalition development and management, legislative monitoring and representation, lobbying/government affairs, and strategic public policy development. Mr. Cox is licensed in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. He has been selected as one of the Best Health Care Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in America: Directory of Experts.
Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to over 4,000 students representing 34 states and 20 countries. Delta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor, master, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Acknowledging its beginnings as a teacher's college, the University sustains excellence in teacher education while continuing to expand offerings in traditional as well as unique programs of study. From the core disciplines such as arts, humanities, and sciences, to unique programs such as Commercial Aviation, the Delta Music Institute, and the nationally-recognized Geospatial Interdisciplinary Technology program, the University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the students it serves. While the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen are the official mascots, the student-adopted Fighting Okra is a unique mascot that is also present at university events.
Diamond Capital International LLC
is a global trade, energy, and government relations firm that advocates for economic growth & development, economic prosperity, and inclusion, while cultivating relationships with corporations, businesses, associations and nonprofits. We also strive to develop strategies and help support legislative advocacy efforts with federal, state, and local governments for various industries, as well as, public and community affairs.
Dickson Strategies LLC provides legislative and regulatory advocacy to a limited number of clients whose interests do not conflict or overlap in major Legislative committees. Steve Dickson, President/CEO, is a 30-year veteran of providing association and contract lobbying services in Mississippi, as well as providing select corporate clients with issues management and litigation support.
Kern Hoff, Director, Legislative Affairs Paul Purnell, Vice President, Government Relations Brittany Bailey Ridinger, Director, Regulatory Affairs
The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi serves as the unified voice of all electric cooperatives in Mississippi. While we do not generate or distribute power, we represent the people who do, the 25 electric power associations and one generation-and-transmission electric power association. These associations distribute electricity to more than 1.9 million Mississippians, serve more than 784,000 meters, and maintain more than 94,500 miles of distribution line. The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi functions as a united service organization for the mutual benefit of all electric power associations and their members.
Russell Bennett, Director, Government Affairs Lawrence B. Johnson, Jr.
Entergy Mississippi, LLC provides electricity to approximately 461,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Mississippi is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 electric company. Entergy powers life for 3 million customers through our operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. We're investing in the reliability and resilience of the energy system while helping our region transition to cleaner, more efficient energy solutions. With roots in our communities for more than 100 years, Entergy is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and corporate citizenship. Since 2018, we have delivered more than $100 million in economic benefits each year to local communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has approximately 12,000 employees.
Ron Farris served as a member of the Mississippi Senate from 1996 to 2004 and is a former aide to then-Congressman Trent Lott in his Washington, D.C. office. As a Senator, Farris served on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee; as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Executive Budgets (Governor, Legislature, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Insurance Department, State Fire Academy); Chairman of the Joint (Senate & House) Legislative Youth Intervention Study Committee; Vice Chairman, Highways & Transportation Committee; and as member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Health & Welfare, Education, Universities & Colleges, Transportation, Insurance, Juvenile Justice, Elections, and Ports & Marine Resources Committees.
He is a frequent panel member and speaker on real estate and economic development for entities such as the Mississippi Development Authority and the International Council of Shopping Centers, which he serves as Southern Division Government Relations Director. He is a part of the team representing Mississippi REALTORS, in addition to other clients.
Grant fox has practiced law in Mississippi for over three decades. He has a vast institutional knowledge of all three branches of state government in the Magnolia State. As the son of well-known litigator & country lawyer John P Fox of Houston, Mississippi, Grant grew up around courthouses & law offices, and absorbed much "horse sense" from his father who tried many cases in the state and federal courts of North Mississippi.
Following law school, Grant worked on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for US Senator Thad Cochran. Since returning to Mississippi in 1994, he has represented a diverse clientele including individuals and large companies. He has served as a municipal court judge and a hearing officer with the Mississippi State Personnel Board, which has given him an understanding & knowledge of most state agencies. He is regarded as a lawyer who is consulted for crises management on a wide range of issues. He is admitted to practice law in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Grant has lobbied at the Mississippi Capitol in the area of health care and has also represented utilities and telecommunications companies. He provides executive counsel to his clients on many issues involving public policy. He has developed relationships with many legislators, statewide elected officials, and executive level staffers at state agencies over the decades.
Grant and his wife Sara reside on a farm near Brandon, Mississippi. Their son John is a senior at Mississippi State University. They are members of Steen's Creek Presbyterian Church.
The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership is a full service chamber of commerce representing the business interests in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties. The Partnership is also home for the Greater Jackson Alliance, a six-county regional economic development and marketing cooperative. The Partnership has programs in the areas of leadership development, infrastructure improvements, economic development, workforce development, healthcare and education. The Partnership is involved in governmental issues at the local, state, and national levels. Duane O'Neill, President of the Partnership, is the registered lobbyists for the Partnership.
Hayes Dent Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs firm. Our team is comprised of experienced problem-solvers with a record of winning results. Together our team has nearly over thirty years of experience in both the federal and state governments, political campaigns, public relations, grassroots advocacy, economic development, traditional lobbying, crisis management and business development. Throughout that process, we have built a strong network of contacts throughout the state of Mississippi, in Washington, DC and around the country.
The Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) serves as the voice of the Mississippi residential housing industry. HBAM has 19 local associations, and represents a diverse membership of over 2,000 member firms. HBAM's mission is to promote, advance, and protect the housing industry. Founded in 1961, HBAM strives to pursue programs and policies that will help "Build a Better Mississippi".
Founded in 2014 by longtime advocacy industry veteran, Imperium Strategies offers a wide suite of services ranging from government affairs to developing corporate and business development strategies. Leveraging our skills and knowledge, Imperium Strategies not only offers direct advocacy services to our clients, but also strategic intelligence and reputational management, including strategic positioning on difficult issues. At Imperium Strategies we are committed to anticipating and managing political challenges in partnership with our clients before those challenges present a true detriment to their interests.
Unlike some government affairs firms, the Imperium Strategies client service culture maintains a collaborative environment where all of our partners and affiliates are engaged on matters of importance to every client. Furthermore, Imperium Strategies is committed to an integrated offering that brings public relations and influence assets to bear on complex client matters in addition to traditional lobbying. Given the changing nature of politics across the country, Imperium Strategies has stayed at the forefront of integrated influence campaigns, designing, managing and implementing these multi-layer efforts on behalf of clients.
Founded in 1899, the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi (IIAM) is one of Mississippi's oldest and largest associations, representing hundreds of independent insurance agencies located throughout the state. IIAM has distinguished itself, and is recognized nationally, for its accomplishments in state and national government affairs, public relations, communication and education. Independent insurance agents provide customers with a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies and offer multiple lines of insurance including property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products.
In business since 1995, Inzinna Consulting focuses on the individual needs of each client. Services include lobbying both the legislative and administrative branches of MS government, drafting and introducing legislation, tracking all pertinent bills, attending committee hearings and giving testimony, providing legislative status reports, grass roots campaigning and developing political giving programs.
Jones Walker's Government Relations Practice Group addresses the many legislative issues that affect our clients on a prompt and professional basis. The Mississippi team is highly experienced in multiple facets of the law and is lead by Dennis Miller who interfaces with policy makers during and post session. Dennis has 44 years of experience having worked for the Mississippi Senate, as a public affairs manager for a Fortune 50 company and as an attorney at the firm as a Partner for over 30 years focusing his practice on legislative and government relations. He is also the Mississippi Chapter author in the Thomson Reuters publication: "Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance," a 50 state handbook.
George H. Guidry, Jr., Director, Government Affairs
Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining and chemicals; process and pollution control equipment technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching.
A Mississippi-based governmental relations firm with emphasis on lobbying, administrative law and business development. Founded by Scott Levanway in 1981, he has leveraged his contacts, expertise, resources and reputation to establish a pre-eminent, dynamic lobbying firm. Having served as Staff Attorney for the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1976 through 1979 and as the Executive Director of the Joint Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Committee in 1980-81, Levanway possesses a unique depth of experience that is an asset to clients. His specialty practice areas include transportation, gaming, health, finance, appropriations, general business, business development and local government.
Michael Arnemann, Executive Director Colton Robison
The objects and purposes of this association are to improve communications and understanding within the entire asphalt paving industry; to influence fair and equitable design, specifications and inspection; to protect the doctrine of free enterprise and competition; to stimulate and encourage more extensive research relative to the manufacture and use of asphalt pavements; to educate within the industry for higher standards, lawful trade practices and lawful ethical conduct; to act and function as an educational Association on behalf of the asphalt paving industry; and to do any and all things lawful that may be of benefit to the members of the Association or other business interests and for improving the physical, mental and moral condition of mankind.
For almost 20 years, the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI) has represented the interests of the self-insured workers' compensation and healthcare community through legislative advocacy, education, and regulatory relationships. MASI members include group self-insurers and individual self-insured employers.
Others with interest in the work of the association include third-party administrators, healthcare providers, professional services such as attorneys and accountants, rehabilitation counselors, and specialists in other related services.
At the Mississippi State Capitol, MASI serves as an advocate for self-insured workers' compensation and health insurance groups allowing its members one voice among statewide, legislative, and regulatory leaders. When the industry has faced challenges in the past, it has been MASI working with other interested parties through political advocacy to protect, change, and advance regulatory and legislative issues of workers' compensation and health insurance. In 2012, MASI helped pass Mississippi's Comprehensive Work Comp Reform Bill - said to be the most sweeping reform bill passed in America that year.
MASI is highly regarded as an organization that connects people - self-insureds, third party administrators, healthcare providers, and others. The networking and education opportunities offered through MASI are valued by members and associates and offer a chance to hear from - and ask questions of - statewide officials, legislative leaders, and regulatory officials.
Steve A. Gray, Dir. of Governmental Affairs Derrick Surrette, Executive Director
For more than 80 years, the Mississippi Association of Supervisors (MAS) has served as a non-partisan forum for county officials to address important issues facing local constituents, providing a mechanism to share information and to develop a proactive policy agenda.
County supervisors provide regional leadership over critical policy areas, including policies necessary to ensure safe communities, protect public health, promote economic development, and plan and manage land use for sustainable development. Supervisors also provide important oversight of county operations, including overseeing strategies to promote sound fiscal management and to develop a high-quality county government workforce.
The MAS is served by a professional staff dedicated to helping the MAS achieve its ultimate goal of providing efficient and effective governance to the citizens of the State of Mississippi.
Mississippi Automatic Merchandising Association (MAMA) is the association representing the convenience services industry of companies and suppliers doing business Mississippi, which includes the vending and refreshment services industry. Members include Mississippi family-owned operations and broad-based corporate shareholder companies. MAMA is the state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) - www.namanow.org
The Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) is the voice of the 217 franchised new car and truck dealers in the state. Since 1941, MADA's mission is to promote, advance, and protect the new car and truck dealers.
The new car industry is essential to Mississippian's that rely on their local car dealers for their transportation needs. MADA members creates over 18,000 jobs and supports our communities, charities, and causes with millions of dollars.
Gordon Fellows, President & CEO Eric Bennett, Director, Government Relations
The Mississippi Bankers Association is a 130-year-old trade association located in Jackson, which represents more than 80 commercial banks and savings institutions operating in Mississippi. The MBA's member services focus primarily on education, communication, and government relations. The MBA provides its members with full-time representation at the state and federal levels through its president and vice president of government relations. The MBA is a member-run organization that is comprised of 18 standing committees and a 20-member Board of Directors that governs the association. The MBA annually hosts a convention for its membership and numerous other educational seminars and meetings.
The Mississippi Beer Distributors Association (formerly Mississippi Malt Beverage Association) was founded in 1946 and is the statewide trade association for the Mississippi independent wholesale beer distributors. The association represents 8 owner companies that operate 19 distribution facilities throughout the state. MBDA member companies employ over 1300 Mississippians with an annual payroll in excess of $75 million plus benefits. Mississippi Beer Distributors carry most brands of beer, light wine and light spirit products.
MBDA provides public relations, government affairs and membership services to all of its members. The association strives to maintain a strong business-friendly but regulated atmosphere for the continued legal sales of beer, light wine and light spirit products.
Currently beer sales are legal in 53 counties (wet) and in 47 cities located in 27 dry counties. There are 2 completely dry counties where the retail sale of beer is illegal.
Personal possession and consumption of beer, light wine and light spirit products is legal statewide.
Mississippi Beverage Association (MsBev) is the trade association of non-alcoholic beverage companies doing business in Mississippi. Members include Mississippi family-owned operations and broad-based corporate shareholder companies. They principally manufacture and/or market the Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and/or Keurig Dr Pepper brands, which include regular and diet soft drinks, bottled water and water beverages, 100-percent juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. Pro-actively committed to Mississippi's physical, economic and environmental health, MsBev is focused on three objectives: "Keep Fit, Keep Refreshed, Keep Recycling." Our industry takes extraordinary steps to be part of the solution - helping meet and provide leadership for a community need; doing our part fighting obesity in schools and sponsoring health and fitness programs; helping form and work with Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Mississippi Recycling Coalition; and making a significant economic impact throughout Mississippi. MsBev is affiliated with the American Beverage Association - www.ameribev.org
Formed in 1946, the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association (MCA) represents the interests of our state's cattle producers. Since its early days, MCA has continued to grow and has seen tremendous accomplishments in many areas. MCA was instrumental in establishing the Dixie National Livestock Show, Agricultural & Livestock Theft Bureau and led the effort to pass one of the first beef labeling laws in the U.S. For the past 20 years, MCA has sponsored one of the nation's largest junior cattlemen's associations with an annual summer leadership camp as well as the scholarship program that, last year, awarded $65,000 to the children and grandchildren of its members. With 3,200 members spread across 67 county cattlemen's associations, the organization serves its members with educational programs, a monthly magazine and a weekly electronic newsletter.
Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. (MSCFU) serves to protect the common interests of Mississippi's commercial fishing industry; promote sustainable fisheries through leadership in stewardship; and advocate on behalf of commercial fishermen, fishing businesses and consumers of the resources our industry provides. MSCFU is a registered non-profit Corporation with Mississippi Secretary of State. Originally established as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fisherman's Organization, Inc. in 1974.
The Mississippi Credit Union Association (MSCUA) is the state trade association for credit unions in Mississippi and their more than 650,000 consumer member-owners. Credit unions are not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperatives/institutions.
MSCUA advances their mission of "Advocating Mississippi Credit Unions' Success" by being a premier source of advocacy, collaboration & knowledge for their members.
The Association connects credit unions and their professionals and volunteers with peers, legislators and consumers through activities that include: advocacy, compliance, education/training, consulting/planning, information, collaboration & strategic partnerships.
Founded in 1937, the Association is owned by its member credit unions and is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors, elected by, and from, affiliated credit unions in six districts.
DBCF is the state agency responsible for: supervision and regulation of Mississippi's state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trusts; licensing and regulation of residential mortgage industry participants in Mississippi; and licensing and regulation of nine (9) different industries generally classified under "consumer finance" including: small-loan lenders, money-transmitters, check-cashers (pay-day lenders), title-pledge lenders, pawn shops, motor vehicle sales finance lenders, consumer loan brokers, debt-management (repair) companies, and insurance premium finance lenders.
As an organization, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is dedicated to serving others throughout the state and seeks to promote integrity, self-development, outstanding program delivery and excellent customer service. The agency also seeks to empower families being served to become self-sufficient and responsible for their future success. The mission of the agency is to provide services to people in need by optimizing all available resources to sustain the family unit and to encourage traditional family values thereby promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians.
Chris Howard, Executive Director Billy Taylor, Chief of Staff Kristy Embry, Director of Non-Vocational Legislative Relations Anna Tucker Director of Vocational Legislative Relations
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that provides a quality program of comprehensive rehabilitation services, independent living services and disability determination services for people with disabilities. These services result in social and economic independence, employment opportunities, improved quality of life and integration into the community.
Scott Waller, IOM, President & CEO Jason Word, IOM, Manager, Programs, Administration & Policy
The Mississippi Economic Council - The State Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of Mississippi business since 1949. MEC deals with broad issues that relate to businesses through advocacy, research, resources and leadership. MEC has more than 8,500 members from 1,200 member firms in 2,400 locations throughout Mississippi. MEC deals with broad issues that relate to Mississippi businesses. MEC pulls together coalitions to make overall statewide progress, to focus on issues with a bottom line return, and focus on fairness and equity. MEC is building a base of involvement to create a statewide business community.
The Miss. Faith Advisory Council is dedicated to advising the Governor and the Legislature on policies, priorities and objectives aimed at expanding the efforts of faith-based, volunteer, and other community organizations seeking to strengthen communities and families in the state of Mississippi.
Perry L. Cartlidge, Director Of Government Affairs
Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.
Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company began operating on September 30, 1947. The Company is Mississippi's largest domestic property and casualty insurance company.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance was licensed September 1, 1986. Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company specializes in writing automobile, homeowners, farm liability, farm property, standard fire, and inland marine policies.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company is currently the second largest automobile and homeowner writer in Mississippi. The Company has become a leader in the insurance industry through the marketing of competitive products and the extensive training of its underwriters, claims staff and insurance agents.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company is committed to providing superior customer service to all of our policyholders.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the largest general farm organization in the state, with more than 198,000 member families in 82 county Farm Bureaus. It is voluntary, non-governmental, non-partisan organization of farm families seeking solutions to the problems that affect their lives, both socially and economically. Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state, and national level. The policies and programs of Farm Bureau are developed from grassroots recommendations originating from the county Farm Bureau level. From these recommendations, policy resolution are prepared and submitted to the Mississippi Farm Bureau House of Delegates for action at its annual meeting each December.
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) strives to be a strong, effective voice for all throughout the state of Mississippi. MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation around issues of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility, food policy, and health care reform. Mississippi Health Advocacy Program combines research, analysis and grassroots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people.
The Mississippi Hospital Association is the statewide trade association that serves and represents over 100 Mississippi hospitals, their patients, their employees, and their communities. MHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in state and national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Founded in 1931, MHA also provides education and services for health care leaders and is a source of information for health care issues and trends.
The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association is a non-profit association composed of over 2000 food service operators, lodging properties, attractions, convenience stores, casinos, suppliers, manufacturers, and other professionals who realize the importance of working together for the good of our industry.
The Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association (MIPA) is the seen as the premiere pharmacy association in the State of Mississippi and one with great prestige in the United States. MIPA is made up of locally owned independent pharmacies that are located across our great state. The independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted health care providers who represent a vital part of Mississippi's health care delivery system. MIPA members believe very strongly in the legislative process and are very dedicated to working with state and federal officials for the profession of independent pharmacy as well as improvement of health care in Mississippi. MIPA members are dedicated to providing the best quality health care to the patients of Mississippi.
Jennifer Hall, Executive Director Lorie Hanson, Director Of Communications Blakeley Yancey
The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association is a statewide trade association representing member firms and individuals who are engaged in manufactured housing dealerships (retail sale), manufacturing, service/supply, park operations and developing. The MMHA, founded in 1965, is primarily involved in member services, legislative and governmental relations, legal affairs, public and media relations, education, communications and standards of practice. It lobbies the state legislature and U.S. Congress on matters pertaining to the industry.
The Mississippi Manufacturers Association was organized in 1951 to represent industry in legislative, regulatory and public affairs activities, and to serve as a central source of information and assistance in all areas of manufacturing.
Today, MMA serves more than 2,000 member firms throughout the state. Practical, accurate information is provided to members through active committees, seminars, workshops and regular publications addressing key areas of interest. Resources and unlimited consultation are available on topics such as state and federal laws and regulations, hiring and firing practices, drug testing policy, safety and OSHA compliance, and union activity.
The MMA staff works closely with members of the Mississippi Legislature and the Mississippi congressional delegation to support the development of a strong manufacturing base in our nation, state and communities.
MML is the Official Non-Profit private organization of Cities and Towns of Mississippi. The MML lobbies the state and federal legislatures, provides education for municipal elected officials, provides technical support, represents municipalities with public and private entities, and is a networking organization for municipal members.
The Mississippi Oncology Society (MOS) was formed in 1991 for the purpose of promoting the highest professional standards of oncology in Mississippi, to study, research and exchange information, experiences and ideas leading to improvement in oncology and promote educational opportunities.
In addition, the MOS is committed to support the search for more effective treatments of malignant diseases, work with other organizations and societies that have concerns with cancer care, and disseminate information regarding regulatory developments affecting members.
MOS acts as a resource for insurers regarding the standard of care in oncology and represents the practice of oncology and hematology in the State of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Optometric Association is dedicated to promoting the eye health and vision care of all Mississippians. MOA is a nonprofit organization, and our membership includes more than 250 optometrists from across the state. Doctors of optometry are not just the primary health care providers for your eye and vision care, they are also trained and trusted guardians of your general health and well-being. Optometrists have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat, and manage disorders, diseases, and injuries of the eyes.
The Mississippi Petroleum Marketers Association was founded in 1953 & the Mississippi Association of Convenience Stores was founded in 1981. On October 1, 2002, the two merged, forming the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association (MPMCSA). Our membership represents petroleum marketers & convenience store owners and operators along with the companies that supply and service the industry. The MPMCSA members own and or operate the majority of the 2,400 convenience stores located in Mississippi employing more than 40,000 Mississippians. The MPMCSA members are neighborhood businesses close to the families they serve, furnishing them with the necessary commodities of food and fuel daily. Members of the association fuel Mississippi's economy by supplying petroleum products to our armed forces, municipalities, thousands of farmers, and businesses.
The Mississippi Pharmacists Association, or MPhA, represents all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Founded in 1871, MPhA is the united voice for the profession of pharmacy and represents pharmacists at the Capitol as well as providing continuing education, networking, and social opportunities.
The Mississippi Poultry Association represents the interests of all segments of the state's largest agricultural industry. Poultry and egg production pumps an estimated $6 billion into the state's economy. The association includes five broiler companies, one egg company, 100 allied members who provide services or sell goods to companies or growers, and more than 870 grower members. The Association was founded in 1937 and celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012. Mississippi ranks fourth in the nation in poultry production.
Gifford Ormes Willie E. (JR) Robinson Brad Cates Stephen Stiglets, Manager, Gov't & Comm Affairs Aa'Keela Hudnall, Governmental Affairs Rep Steven Dick, Mgr, Comm Dev & Corp Giving
Mississippi Power is an investor-owned electric utility with 456 preferred stockholders. All of our common stock is held by Southern Company, which is owned by 195,261 registered stockholders, of which more than 5,300 live in Mississippi. Mississippi Power has 1,253 employees.
Mississippi Power directly serves at retail, most of the cities, towns, and communities within the 23 counties of southeast Mississippi.
We also serve six REA-financed electric cooperatives (Coast EPA, Singing River EPA, Southern Pine EPA, Dixie EPA, Pearl River EPA and East Mississippi EPA) and one municipality (City of Collins) with wholesale electric power which, in turn, they resell to customers in southeast Mississippi.
The Mississippi Propane Gas Association was founded in 1941 by a small group of dealers who recognized the need for a unified voice representing their interests. Mississippi propane dealers, propane suppliers and industry related businesses continue to work together to promote the views and good will of the propane industry.
District Branch 23 of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mississippi Psychiatric Association was chartered in the state of Mississippi in 1967. MPA is a membership organization of psychiatric physicians, who diagnose and treat brain disorders and substance use disorders throughout the state. MPA strives to continuously improve the ability of our members to provide quality, evidence-based and collaborative psychiatric services to persons with mental health needs and their families. The association advocates for the welfare of all those with mental illness while fostering the medically-based principles of psychiatry.
Ronald (Ron) D. Farris, General Counsel Beth Hansen, CEO Clarke R. Wise, Vice President of Government Relations
The 8,300+ member Mississippi Association of REALTORSÃ‚Â® is the voice for real estate in Mississippi. MAR represents real estate professionals who are active in all phases of brokerage, development, property management and appraisal, and who adhere to a strict code of ethics and are members of the National Association of REALTORS.
The Mississippi Retail and Grocery Association has been the "voice of retailers" for almost 50 years. The purpose of the Retail Association of Mississippi is to lobby and work with local, state and national levels of government to secure fair legislation for all members of our Association. Our goals are to strengthen old laws and pass new laws to ensure the survival of our retailers.
Since 1937, Mississippi Road Builders Association (MRBA) has been the leading voice promoting the building and maintenance of Mississippi's roads and bridges. Membership in MRBA reaches to every corner of the state. Membership is not just comprised of road and bridge contractors but the many businesses that support the industry. MRBA's primary mission is serving as the principle liaison for membership with elected officials both at the state and federal levels. Additionally, much collaboration is accomplished with state and federal agencies relating to road and bridge construction.
David Roberts, Chief of Staff / Director of Government Affairs
The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA), founded in 1856, is a physician organization serving as an advocate for its 4,600 members, their patients and public health. The Association promotes ethical, educational and clinical standards for the medical profession and the enactment of just medical laws and provides a way for members of the medical profession to unite and act on matters affecting public health and the practice of medicine.
Founded in 1942, the Mississippi Trucking Association is a non-profit corporation operating as a trade association and serves as the voice of Mississippi's trucking industry. Representing an industry that is the sole transporter of consumer goods and manufactured products to most of the state's communities, MTA's membership consists of member firms that include for-hire and private truck operators as well as allied industry members who equip and service the trucking industry. MTA's mission is to serve as the trusted resource for safety, education, advocacy and member services to promote the trucking industry.
La Shon F. Brooks, Ed.D., COS & Legislative Liaison Dameon A. Shaw, Mississippi Valley State University
Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master's University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research - a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), known as the "Voice of Small Business", is the nation's and Mississippi's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business and provides members a legislative voting record on key small-business votes. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their businesses. www.nfib.com/ms
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 railroad route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
Point One Strategies LLC is a full service governmental relations and lobbying firm. The firm represents several clients on a contractual basis at the state and local level. These clients cover a broad range of interests including, but not limited to, gaming, construction, law enforcement, engineering, healthcare professionals, municipal government as well as other local government officials and their respective associations. Point One Strategies LLC works very closely with its clients to determine their needs and how best to strategically meet them. The firm currently has two full time lobbyists employed with professional offices located within walking distance of the State Capitol. The firm's manager is also an attorney which is very helpful to clients in drafting and interpreting legislation. Point One Strategies LLC offers its services to clients and vendors who do business with state government agencies as well as counties and municipalities. The firm has an established record of success working on behalf of its clients.
Contract lobbyist, 1994-present. Client interests are independent pharmacy, law enforcement - constables, commercial fishing (saltwater), environmental, tobacco wholesale distribution, debt collection, bail bonds, crime victims rights, municipal - City of Madison and consumer lending.
Executive Director - Mississippi Municipal Association, 1991-1994.
Associate Director - Mississippi Law Research Institute, 1979-1990. Legal research and drafting. Also served as lobbyist for Ole Miss, 1987-88.
Law Practice, Oxford, 1975-1979.
Graduate of Mississippi State, B.A. (1969) and M.A. (1971) (History) and Ole Miss Law School (1975).
Lindsey Tew Simmons, Partner Steve Simmons, Partner
Simmons Consulting is a governmental relations firm founded on integrity and results. Simply put, we position our clients for success in the Mississippi market. Our clients' success depends on a year-round, ongoing approach to governmental relations. We continuously improve existing relationships with key decision makers, as well as develop new contacts for future endeavors. We keep our clients involved in the process from start to finish. We also provide the best presence for our clients in all state regulatory and agency departments.
Southern Consulting Associates, Inc. is a first-rate company providing lobbying and public policy, business consulting, regulatory and government relations services. With over 20 years of experience with government processes and state regulatory requirements, this firm is well equipped to work with clients to effectively navigate through complicated situations as well as amend, pass and defeat legislation when necessary. SCA is focused on defining and implementing strategically sound lobbying solutions for clients' specific short-term objectives and long-term goals.
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America's premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For more than a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the company's operations in the United States and Canada include approximately 19,100 miles of transmission pipeline, more than 305 billion cubic feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas liquids operations and local distribution assets. The company also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes.
Our founders consist of professional executives, former elected officials and legal experts with decades of actual inside experience. Our team is battle-tested and has the tools to give your campaign the ultimate advantage!
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Specializing in service of the State of Mississippi and Washington, DC. Our firm maintains relations with industry and Government across the United States. Our sphere of influence has provided our clients with predictable positive outcomes.
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The Capitol Group is a multifaceted consulting group providing legal and business development services, governmental affairs and lobbying advocacy, grant writing and project administration, political campaign management, public relations assistance, and fundraising activities. Our clientele stretch across a broad spectrum of industries, including security, trade, technology, banking, non-profits, government entities, construction, advertising, engineering, tourism, and education. While maintaining footprints in Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington, D.C., we represent clients who operate locally, regionally, and across the United States.
Beth Clay, Founder and Principal Stephen Clay, Partner Hope Ladner, Lobbyist Karen Newman, Lobbyist Tyler B. Jones, Lobbyist Lisa Ireland, Lobbyist
Founded by Beth Clay, The Clay Firm specializes in Mississippi-focused legislative, government relations and public affairs consulting, providing a full range of services - from direct lobbying to public policy and grassroots advocacy to contract procurement support at both the state and local levels. Our goal is to deliver results for our clients. We work hard. We work smart. Our preeminent lobbying firm is respected across Mississippi for our integrity, strategic relationships and proven results.
Beth Clay is backed by a team of strategic, detail-oriented analysts who draw upon direct experience in state, federal, public and private sectors to advance client objectives. The Clay Firm team has been successful in helping to pass, defeat or amend countless pieces of legislation.
Registered lobbyist in Mississippi since 1987. Founder and President of The Corbitt Company, LLC since 2000. Experienced in state and local governmental affairs. Strives to meet the specific goals of the client with services that may include lobbying, issues management and research, tracking legislation, client training for committee hearings and testimony, guidance on political campaign contributions, coalition building and business development/trouble shooting.
Current clients include Mississippi Concrete Association, North Mississippi Health Services, Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, LifeCore Health Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Waldale Manufacturing Ltd.
Steve is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, The Rotary Club of Jackson and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
When results matter, The Echols Group understands the complexity of state politics and will be a successful addition to your team for lobbying and consulting needs. They'll be your "boots on the ground" and readily available for consultation on issues, their problems and solutions. Led by Donna C. Echols, PhD, ABD. Who is she? Named a Top 50 Businesswoman in Mississippi and a Top 40 Under 40 recipient, winner of a national Pollie Award for the Capitol City Convention Center campaign, EPA Fellow while pursuing her doctoral degree in public administration, honors graduate from MSU, and helped raise over $2.5 million in direct and in-kind donations after Hurricane Katrina. Favorite saying: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. So when results matter, The Echols Group is there for you.
The EDW Group is a government affairs and business advisory firm with a diverse set of relationships, from the State House to the U.S. Capitol. The EDW Group focuses on securing resources for state and local governments, non-profits, businesses, and individuals. EDW provides strategy for political candidates, legislators, community leaders, and business owners while garnering resources for client interests. We advise clients who have community interests on how to gain political support and navigate effectively in a changing political climate. The EDW Group takes a hands-on approach in executing strategy and legislative goals. With knowledge of the political landscape, business, and an understanding of how government works, The EDW Group evaluates the needs of each client to develop the necessary strategy.
Octagon Group is a full service government relations and business development firm. We are unique because of our relationship with local government officials and our ability to convey the business interests of our clients.
Octagon Group provides the synergy between public and private interests. We understand local government dynamics along with a strong understanding of state and federal lobbying practices.
The Talon Group has focused since 2004 on serving our clients in the arena of government relations and public affairs by offering services for clients who need a message, a strategy and distribution channels in the halls of Mississippi state politics and beyond. Our principals focus on efforts in the following broad categories: government affairs, communications, and issues advocacy. In essence, we influence policy and/or gain public support for corporations or causes through proper messaging and interaction. Our Principals have been on the forefront of highly charged issues by passing legislation, consulting politicians, crafting sensitive messages and coordinating grassroots efforts. Our clients receive unparalleled access to a broad network of business and political decision-makers and an unmatched ability to clearly assess issues and set direction. Various partner's careers have included elected office, serving Presidents, and holding political appointments. Our office location is at 1400 Meadowbrook Road, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211 and our number is 601-487-2640. Learn more about our firm at www.talonms.com.
Ann over 30 years experience as a in governmental relations/lobbying. She served as a legislative liaison for the MS Department of Mental Health for 25 years. Her educational background includes a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. After she retired, she joined her late husband, Senator Billy Thames in his governmental relations company, The Thames Advantage. She has continued to represent clients and now serves as President of the company.
Chad Driskell serves as vice president for external affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). In this role, he oversees the University's governmental and external relations, which includes the USM Foundation and Southern Miss Alumni Association.
Clifford Thompson, Partner Jim Thompson, Partner Ted Thompson, Partner
Thompson & Associates, LLC provides comprehensive and effective representation in Mississippi state government. Our firm concentrates its work in the fields of lobbying and government relations. As contract lobbyists, we represent a diverse variety of clients including Fortune 500 corporations, private companies, professional trade associations, individuals, and nonprofit organizations. We specialize in building long term relationships and strategic alliances, communicating detailed intelligence, and providing professional advice and guidance for our clientele. Our areas of expertise include agriculture, appropriations, business, economic development, education, energy, environmental regulation, finance, gaming, health care, insurance, oil and gas matters, taxation, telecommunications, tourism, and transportation.
Our firm has over sixty-five years of success and experience in the political arena.
Tom Wallace, President Tommy L. Wallace, II, Vice President
US Consolidated Group is a Goverment Relations firm founded on honesty, effective communication, and most importantly strategic driven results. As lobbyist, our expertise includes private organizations, corporations, trade organizations, and business development on a state and local level. Our ultilmate purpose is to build and sustain pertinent relationships, while promoting strong and continuous advocacy on behalf of our clients. Founded in 2004, we have proven success in our business endeavors.
Worth H. Thomas Onetta Whitley Saleem Baird Whitley Thomas
Worth Thomas, the principal in WT Consultants, has twenty years experience as a registered lobbyist and twenty-seven years as a corporate/government executive. Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Tougaloo College and has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Bryce Yelverton, Principal Consultant Joel Yelverton, Owner
Formed in January, 2009, Yelverton Consulting, LLC is a multidisciplinary organization specializing in local, state and federal advocacy, strategic business consulting and professional association management. Joel Yelverton, owner of Yelverton Consulting, has 40 years of legislative and association management experience. Joel currently serves as executive director of the Mississippi Assessors and Collectors Association. A seven year veteran educator, Bryce Yelverton, Principal Consultant, serves as the legislative liaison for the Mississippi Ports Council. Yelverton Consulting also represents a wide range of local, state, and national organizations at the Mississippi Capitol.
Yelverton Consulting has extensive experience in local taxation, information technology, transportation, environmental, geographic information services, public infrastructure and economic development. We work with our clients to develop action plans and employ proven strategies in order to achieve optimum results.