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Media Articles 2012

January 4, 2017
Government Relations Firms Launch Agriculture Practice

March 15, 2013 - Roll Call
Garfinkel and Campbell: Growing Broadband, on a Country Road

December 21, 2012 - Roll Call
Garfinkel and Kaufman: Fed's Tools for Rebuilding After Sandy

Sept. 26, 2012- Politico
PI Scooplet: Aronnax Expands State Focus

Sept. 26, 2012- Roll Call
K Street Files: Beyond the Beltway

Sept. 27, 2012- Midlands Biz
McKay Public Affairs Joins Aronnax Public Strategies “FedState Network” Team of 11

August 8, 2012 - 2012 - The Hill
Aronnax Public Strategies announces official launch

August 2, 2012 - Roll Call
Open for Business

National Journal
First Look - Aronnax Public Strategies To Launch Tomorrow


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aronnax Public Strategies Adds 11 State Government Affairs Teams to "FedState Network" Clients receive unique combination of federal and state-based advocacy for policy and financial goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sept. 26, 2012 - Aronnax Public Strategies LLC (APS) today launched the FedState Network, a unique governmental affairs model that provides clients with a combination of federal advocacy from APS and state-based advocacy from some of the most influential and respected state-based government affairs firms in the country.

"The teams created through the FedState Network represent the future of a seamless government relations strategy," said Andy Garfinkel, principal at APS.

To date, APS has signed on 11 state partners to the FedState Network, which provides collaboration between federal and state government affairs teams. The FedState Network approach creates additional opportunities and efficiencies, providing clients with a true team approach that integrates various business and policy goals when it comes to their government relations needs. The FedState Network will continue to focus on both politics and policy, representing interests in agriculture, energy and environment, transportation, economic development, homeland security, tax policy and long-term financing, among others.

"As federal representatives, the APS team has long recognized the importance of state-based advocacy as part of a client's overall government affairs strategy," said Fred Starzyk, principal at APS. "State lobbying and federal lobbying are not mutually exclusive."

APS clients who take advantage of the FedState Network receive unique insight into the political, legislative, and regulatory landscapes in key states and regions. APS will also provide clients with ongoing alerts of state solicitations, federal grants, and procurement opportunities.

The enhanced federal and state collaboration of the FedState Network will allow APS to easily identify and engage in often overlooked opportunities, as well as join with state partners to coordinate projects and responses to joint proposals. State clients will also benefit from the ability to use Capitol Hill and APS resources for lobby days and meetings on Capitol Hill.

"We recently worked with APS to meet with several New Mexico Pueblos to discuss the joint government affairs strategy that the FedState Network offers," said Drew Setter, principal at The Setter Group in Albuquerque, N.M. "Since then, we've secured a new client and expect two others to finalize contracts. The idea of a seamless government affairs team - both federal and state - working on behalf of their interests was the major reason these clients decided to sign with us."

Currently, the FedState Network includes government affairs teams in Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. For more information please visit www.aronnaxllc.com/aronnax-public-strategies-federal-advocacy.php.

About Aronnax Public Strategies LLC

Launched in 2012, Aronnax Public Strategies LLC (APS) is more than just a lobbying firm in the heart of our nation's capital. APS offers a wide range of services including federal lobbying, strategic advocacy planning, grassroots organizing, public relations, policy research services, legislative tracking, grant writing and procurement, association management and federal contracting services. Through decades of experience, APS professionals create private and public partnerships for clients, organize advocacy campaigns and promote legislative and regulatory objectives. APS leaders have extensive experience in the federal authorization, appropriations, tax writing, grant writing and procurement processes for nationally significant objectives. For more information, visit www.aronnaxllc.com.


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Seasoned Government and Public Affairs Professionals Launch Aronnax Public Strategies— New government affairs firm in D.C. offers a multidimensional approach to public, private and non-profit clients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 18, 2012 - Aronnax Public Strategies LLC (APS), a premier government affairs firm, today announced its official launch. Founded by proven leaders with extensive experience in their respective areas of expertise, APS will provide a full range of services to public, private and non-profit clients. APS utilizes decades of experience in government relations, advocacy and business strategies to remove barriers to these strategic relationships in the U.S. and globally.

APS will focus on using a mix of resources to ensure that its clients reach both policy and financing goals. The leadership team brings a broad range of expertise in both politics and policy, representing interests in agriculture, energy and environment, transportation, economic development, homeland security, tax policy and long-term financing, among others.

Fred Starzyk brings nearly 20 years of legislative and political experience both at the federal and state levels, achieving numerous victories for his clients by securing both legislative language in bills and millions of dollars in appropriations. An analytical government relations professional, Starzyk brings an intuitive and innovative approach to lobbying and grassroots advocacy. At APS, Starzyk will specialize in healthcare, energy and environment, transportation, agriculture and homeland security issues to help his clients understand and navigate around the challenges of today's political environment to achieve their goals.

Andy Garfinkel has been a lobbyist for the past 13 years and former senior congressional aide for more than seven years. Garfinkel has substantial experience representing a variety of interests before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. His work over the last decade has included identifying, developing and analyzing funding and policy solutions to challenges confronting private and public sector clients. At APS, Garfinkel is responsible for the firm's strategic policy development, working with the team to identify unique approaches to leverage federal and state resources, such as grants, contracts and tax credits to advance clients' business development goals.

"I've known Andy and Fred for years, and they are among the most innovative minds and respected government and public affairs professionals in Washington, D.C.," said Bret C. Cohen, president of APS. "They're constantly hitting the pavement in our nation's capital, and have built key relationships with members of Congress and officials. With their expertise in both policy and politics, APS will help educate officials and their staffs to recognize the importance of our clients' efforts to advance specific funding or policy goals."

In the heart of the nation's capital, APS aims to be much more than a typical lobbying firm. Among federal lobbying, the wide range of services will include strategic advocacy planning, grassroots organizing, public relations, policy research services, legislative tracking, grant writing and procurement, association management and federal contracting services. The team will also identify private-public investment resources, financing options and partnerships for its public, private and non-profit clients.

Prior to launching APS, the leadership team had represented interests related to historic properties, affordable housing, transit programs, wastewater systems, campus development, education issues, drug policies, Medicare issues, TriCare policies, wind turbines, plug-in hybrid vehicles, international tsunami and all-hazard warning systems and disaster medical evacuation systems. Garfinkel and Starzyk were both instrumental in advancing several funding objectives for specific programs, and Starzyk had previously secured legislative language in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Within the next few months, APS will look to expand its in-house team. Recognizing the importance of state-based advocacy, APS is currently making arrangements with top state-based government relations groups throughout the country to provide APS' clients access to these regional teams. These arrangements will ensure that clients' state-based interests are protected and provide seamless access to federal advocacy for clients of networked state-based firms.

About Aronnax Public Strategies LLC

Launched in 2012, Aronnax Public Strategies LLC (APS) is more than just a lobbying firm in the heart of our nation's capital. APS offers a wide range of services including federal lobbying, strategic advocacy planning, grassroots organizing, public relations, policy research services, legislative tracking, grant writing and procurement, association management and federal contracting services. Through decades of experience, APS professionals create private and public partnerships for clients, organize advocacy campaigns and promote legislative and regulatory objectives. APS leaders have extensive experience in the federal authorization, appropriations, tax writing, grant writing and procurement processes for nationally significant objectives. For more information, visit www.aronnaxllc.com.