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Memorandum
CITY
OF
DALLAS
DATE
October
7,2011
TO
The
Honorable
Mayor
and
Members
of
the
CityCouncil
SUBJECT
State
and
FederalLobbyists
-
Contract
Renewals
On
October
10
th
youare
scheduled
to
consider
awarding
consultantcontractsfor
the
City's
federal
and
statelobbyists.
The
contracts
would
be
awardedto
the
following
Individuals
and
firms.
CapitalEdge
Strategies,
LLC
Paul
Schlesinger
Hector
Alcalde
RandyCain
Kwame
Walker
JesseRomero
HillCoPartners
All
of
the
individuals
and
firms
currently
serve
in
a
lobbying
capacityfor
the
City
of
Dallas
and
have
contracted
withthe
City
of
Dallas
for
lobbying
services
in
thepast.Eachhas
specific
knowledgeaboutDallas
and
experienceworking
on
issues
important
totheCity.
Attached
is
background
information
on
each
lobbyist
and
the
servicestheyprovide.
Please
contact
me
if
youhave
questions.
CityManager
Ste\lens-
Th()mp:son,
Assi:stantto
Chipperfield,Chief
Financial
Officer
Thomas
P.
Perkins,City
Attorney
Rosa
A.
Rios,
InterimCitySecretary
Craig
D.
Kinton,City
AuditorAdministrative
"Dallas.theCitythatWorks:Diverse,VibrantProgressive"
 
CAPITALEDGESTRATEGIES
{Federal}
{Ralph
Garboushian
and
BarbaraMcCall}TheCity
began
contracting
with
Capital
Edge
Strategies
in
1988
to
protect
Dallas'interests
on
allpending
federal
legislative
and
executive
actions.Capital
Edge
Strategiesalsorepresentsthe
Texas
CitiesLegislativeCoalition,
which
is
currently
comprised
of
theCities
of
Dallas,
Austin,Arlington,
andDenton.
Activities:
Monitorsfederal
legislation
impactingDallas
and
works
withtheTexas
CongressionalDelegation,
other
members
of
Congress,
andthe
Executive
Branch
to
advance
interests
and
prioritiesof
theCity;
Works
closely
withpublic
interest
organizations,e.g.,
the
National
League
of
Cities
{NLC},theTexas
MunicipalLeague
{TML},and
theUnitedStatesConference
of
Mayors{USCM},
to
ensureawarenessof
the
City'spositions
and
agendas;
BriefsCity
of
DallasCouncilMembersat
annual
meetings
of
NLC,
and
at
any
other
time
requestedbytheCity.
VisitsDallasat
least
once
annually;
and
Works
closely
with
City
officials
and
staff
to
develop
legislative
and
grant
strategies.
ALCALDEANDFAY
{Federal}PaulSchlesinger
and
Hector
AlcaldeWhen
the
City
of
Dallas
initiated
a
multi-year
plan
for
theTrinity
River,
it
was
recognized
that
many
of
the
federal
legislativeinitiatives
associatedwith
the
project
would
requirespecialized
lobbying
services.
To
successfully
achieve
these
legislativeinitiatives,
theCitycontracted
with
HectorAlcalde
and
Paul
Schlesinger
of
Alcalde
&
Fay,
a
govemment
and
publicaffairslobbying
firmbased
in
Arlington,
VA.
Thisfirm
possessesextensiveknowledge,background
and
contacts
in
the
fields
of
transportation
and
infrastructure
and
Army
Corps
of
Engineerswaterprojects.
To
date,thefirmhas
helpedsecure
over
$216
million
for
the
Trinity
River
Corridor
Project.
Activities:
Providethe
City
with
advice,
assistance
and
advocacyservices
to
achieve
the
followingobjectives
in
connection
with
the
TrinityRiverCorridor
Project:
Funding
for
flood
control
in
annual
Energy
and
WaterAppropriations
bills;
Funding
forTrinityRivertransportation
components,
when
necessary,through
annual
Transportation
Appropriations
bills
and
transportation
reauthorization
legislation;
Enactment
ofnecessary
provisions
in
WaterResourcesDevelopmentAct
(WRDA)
legislation
to
advancetheproject;
Assistance
with
other
components
of
the
TrinityProject
as
directed
by
the
City
Manager.
RANDYCAIN
(State)KWAME
WALKERJESSE
ROMEROstate
legi!slati!ve
a ( ~ t l v l l ] e s .
Activities:
Conductnecessaryresearch,informationgathering,
and
other
supporting
activities
through
maximiZing
the
use
oflegislative
contacts;
Review,
analyze
and
monitor
interimcommittee
activities
as
requested
bythe
CityAttorney;
Study
and
legislative
the
State
and
Draft
legislation
as
directed
by
theCityAttorney.
"Dallas,theCitythatWorks:Diverse,VibrantandProgressive"

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