Governmental Affairs Advocacy

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Governmental Affairs Advocacy

With over 20 years of service in all three branches of the federal government, and four decades of experience in advocacy for clients before a wide array of agencies at the federal, state and local levels, Sandy Mattice is uniquely qualified to represent your company in its dealings with government, whether in the legislative or the regulatory realm.

As a former registered lobbyist, Sandy understands the arcane systems within which our elected representatives and government officials operate, and how best to navigate those systems to permit you and your business to put your best foot forward before decision makers.

Over the years, Sandy has developed subject-matter expertise in a myriad of industries and formed lasting relationships with government officials and their departments to help clients achieve their public policy goals – efficiently, effectively and confidentially.

Representative Governmental Affairs Work:

• Sandy served as Special Counsel to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee in their efforts to acquire a 6,350-acre parcel of dormant land, which was located in the center of a developed urban area, from the United States Army. Sandy and his team successfully negotiated the acquisition of an initial 940 parcel, which ultimately led to local ownership of the entire facility. In that effort, Sandy lead and coordinated complex negotiations and achieved agreements with a large number of federal, state and local agencies, including DoD, GSA and EPA.

• Sandy served as the principal outside lobbyist for a national transportation company which was seeking Federal Aviation Administration discretionary funding for land acquisition and runway, taxiway and safety improvements at a regional airport at which the client served as the fixed base operator. Sandy's work directly secured a federal appropriations earmark and full funding for the project.

• Sandy served as Special Counsel to the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee in its efforts to secure increased Payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) funding from the U. S. Department of Energy to offset local revenue shortfalls attributable to the high concentration of tax-exempt federal installations within the city limits. Sandy developed and helped to implement a strategic plan to reopen and renegotiate historic covenants among federal, state and local governments which ultimately lead to increased funding for the client.

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