SunCoast Partners



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For Immediate Release                        

Top S.E. Government Relations and Public Affairs Firms

Launch New Partnership to Provide Broadened Services

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 20, 2012) – Looking to provide one-stop, integrated government relations and public affairs services throughout the Southeastern U.S., a group of bi-partisan veteran lobbyists and government relations professionals today announced the formation of SunCoast Partners, a full-service public affairs consortium.

With offices in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., SunCoast Partners will have the ability to assist clients at the federal, state and local level, and work on behalf of clients with multistate issues in a coordinated manner.

The partnership includes some of the most respected lobbying firms in their states, including The Fiorentino Group and SCG Governmental Affairs in Florida; Hudson Group in Georgia; Capitol Consultants in South Carolina; CompassNC in North Carolina and Jenkins Hill Consulting in Washington, D.C.

Also joining the partnership is Parquet Public Affairs, an Orlando-based firm that provides coalition and issue management services in all 50 states as well as manages clients’ relationships before relevant state and local political and policy organizations representing governors, attorney generals, mayors, legislators and other elected officials. Additionally, joining the team will be Tucker/Hall, a public relations, strategic communications and crisis management firm with offices in Tampa and Jacksonville.

“We are excited to be a part of this organization and the opportunity to work closely with this group of professionals,” said Scott Barnhart, Principal with Jenkins Hill Consulting in Washington, D.C., and a Managing Partner with SunCoast. “This new organization will provide our clients with new capabilities and resources and create a national platform for all of our firms to grow.”

Collectively, SunCoast Partnership will provide a full-range of services, including:

  • Federal lobbying on legislative and regulatory matters
  • State lobbying on legislative and regulatory matters in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina
  • Bipartisan Political Consulting
  • Coalition and Issue Management in all 50 states
  • Management of Political and Policy NGOs at the State & Local Level
  • Public Relations and Crisis Communications
  • Project Financing Advisory Services
  • Economic Development Advisory Services

“Since coming together we’ve discovered a wonderful synergy among our member firms,” said Marty Fiorentino, President of The Fiorentino Group, which has offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. “This new consortium will provide added value to our existing clients and allow us to market our multistate services to new clients.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with these other firms,” said Richard Davis, President of Capitol Consultants, Inc. in Columbia, S.C. “SunCoast Partners’ public strategy platform, which includes a national grassroots mobilization network, top notch state-based lobbying in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina as well as capabilities in crisis communications, polling, digital, issue advertising and strategic communications, will create tremendous leverage for our capabilities in government relations.”

About SunCoast Partners
SunCoast Partners is a multistate team of affiliated firms that provide strategic counsel, lobbying strategies and other public policy services to corporations, trade groups, and other entities who are looking to engage in the public policy arena.  These services include crisis management; legislative, regulatory and government relations management; brand development; marketing trends and competitive positioning; economic development and project financing (grants and loans); infrastructure development; and relationship development with different economic sectors and the national media.

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