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WE’RE A HIGH-STAKES STRATEGY FIRM led by professionals experienced at every level of government, business and politics. Savvy, southern and strategic, we’ve assembled the region’s best practitioners, technologies, and tactics for electoral and policy success.

For centuries, THE MIGHTY OHIO RIVER DIVIDED NORTH AND SOUTH, serving as the natural extension of the Mason-Dixon Line. The spirit of that great tributary – the economic and cultural engine of a forward-looking America – inspires our company today.

WE’RE A HIGH-STAKES STRATEGY FIRM led by professionals experienced at every level of government, business and politics. Savvy, southern and strategic, we’ve assembled the region’s best practitioners, technologies, and tactics for electoral and policy success.

For centuries, THE MIGHTY OHIO RIVER DIVIDED NORTH AND SOUTH, serving as the natural extension of the Mason-Dixon Line. The spirit of that great tributary – the economic and cultural engine of a forward-looking America – inspires our company today.

WHERE WE WORK

Ohio River South has worked for dozens of companies, governments
and nonprofits across nine southern states and counting.

WHERE WE WORK

Ohio River South has worked for dozens of companies, governments and nonprofits across nine southern states and counting.

PUBLISHING

Jefferson County Commission

Client since 2018

In the county’s bicentennial year, Ohio River South helped usher historic transparency into the county by live-streaming commission meetings for the first time. We built the program from scratch to meet the specifications of a District Commissioner, we wrote the specs for how to capture and present the live streams, designed collateral and marketed to constituents to ensure they knew a commissioner was working on their behalf. The program continues on to this day.

www.jccal.org

PARTNERSHIPS

Wellpath

Client since 2018

Based in Nashville, Wellpath delivers high-quality medical and behavioral healthcare services to nearly 300,000 patients located in inpatient and residential treatment facilities, civil commitment centers, and local, state and federal correctional facilities across 36 states across the U.S. Ohio River South was retained to provide market intelligence, reputation management and legislative monitoring for the global leader in corrections healthcare.

www.wellpathcare.com

Selma

Center on Rural Innovation

Client since 2018

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PARTNERSHIPS

Hammerman Gainer International

Client since 2017

Operating in the realm of public sector procurement, Ohio River South supported the multi-state expansion of America's largest minority-owned TPA firm. Based in New Orleans and active in the region, Hammerman Gainer International saw opportunity in Georgia, headquarters for many of the country's largest self-insured entities. HGI engaged ORS to assist with political place making, sales support and public sector procurement as it builds a stronghold in the Peach State.

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Columbus

CAN Community Healthcare

Client since 2018

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POLITICS

Next Gen America

Client since 2018

Ohio River South was proud to lead political outreach across the South for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. We produced ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitols, with activities including local prayer breakfast, HBCU luncheons, community embed, and town hall meetings with special guests and hundreds of attendees.

www.nextgenamerica.org

PUBLISHING

Atlanta Public Schools

Client since 2017

As Atlanta Public Schools makes bold new investments and policy changes to become again one of the country’s most successful and innovative districts, the communications apparatus needed to be retooled to reflect those investments to parents, educational partners and other stakeholders. Ohio River South produced dynamically designed newsletters with relevant content in digestible segments, and implemented a plan to ensure that broad cross sections of Atlantans received it to read and share.

www.atlantapublicschools.us

POLITICS

Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association

Client since 2016

Georgia’s tourism industry made a $66.2 billion business impact in 2018, while creating 471,000 jobs. Hotels, the industry backbone, enjoy the association’s robust support and advocacy. Ohio River South leads advocacy for more than 100 Atlanta hotel properties. We fight onerous local legislation, connect with multiple jurisdictions and build relationships with city leaders. We have convened meetings with the past two mayors, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Beltline, Fulton County Solicitor General, Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education, and Atlanta City Council members.

www.ghla.net

POLITICS

Amir Farokhi for Atlanta City Council

Client since 2017

In 2017, nonprofit executive Amir Farokhi found himself in a five-way race for Atlanta City Council, District 2. The field offered every demographic flavor of candidate for the rapidly transitioning district, which included highly engaged intown neighborhoods of Inman Park, Candler Park, Downtown, Midtown, and Little Five Points. After engaging Ohio River South to direct strategy, Amir won the general election without a runoff, drawing attention for his potent political apparatus.

www.AmirforAtlanta.com

PARTNERSHIPS

Partnership for Southern Equity

Client since 2017

The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) was part of a trio that led an effort to promote progressive ideals in Atlanta’s 2017 mayor’s race. Ohio River South represented PSE in coalition meetings, organizing community groups to ratify and advocate for a progressive local government agenda. PSE advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metro Atlanta and the American South.

www.psequity.org

POLITICS

Next Generation America

Client since 2018

Ohio River South was proud to lead political outreach across the South for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. We produced ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitols, with activities including local prayer breakfast, HBCU luncheons, community embed, and town hall meetings with special guests and hundreds of attendees.

www.nextgenamerica.org

POLITICS

Next Generation America

Client since 2018

Ohio River South was proud to lead political outreach across the South for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. We produced ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitols, with activities including local prayer breakfast, HBCU luncheons, community embed, and town hall meetings with special guests and hundreds of attendees.

www.nextgenamerica.org

South Fulton

City of South Fulton

Client since 2018

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POLITICS

Get Fulton Moving

Client since 2016

Senate Bill 369 lets Georgia counties ask voters for a 1% sales tax for transportation. Fulton’s proposed T-SPLOST would raise $570 million in five years to help address its infrastructure backlog. Ohio River South led the ‘Vote YES’ campaign in the county, but without transit-friendly votes from Atlanta. Our aggressive grassroots efforts yielded a five-point win – the closest margin of four major transit referenda that day. Most of the 13,000-vote margin came from northern suburbs, ending the anti-transit expansion myth.

www.atlantaloop.com

PARTNERSHIPS

Deliver Strategies

Client since 2016

Deliver Strategies is a Virginia based direct mail and campaign communications firm that has worked on dozens of national races across America. Ohio River South serves as their exclusive referral partner in the new South, recruiting top-tier political campaigns (that traditionally spend five to six figures on mail) and staying aboard as consultants to identify promising political talent, win races, and fuel the prospect of more business with zero overhead.

www.deliverstrategies.com

PUBLISHING

DC Office of Employment Services

Client since 2017

We helped craft a worst-to-first turnaround narrative about improvements made by the capital city’s workforce agency during a leadership transition and a renewed focus on workforce readiness from the Bowser administration. In addition to promoting wins from a $90 million agency in multiple news outlets such as Route 50, Governing Magazine, and Daily Paper, our boots-on-the-ground efforts grew civic engagement during the rebirth of one of America's most dynamic workforce agencies.

www.does.dc.gov

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National Rental Home Council

Client since 2018

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DC 3

American Federation of Teachers

Client since 2018

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PUBLISHING

Climate Equity Action Fund

Client since 2018

With a mission to help organizations educate and mobilize voters of color to elect climate champions and hold them accountable, the Fund is active in Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Fund hired Ohio River South for a comprehensive analysis of the capacity for change in Georgia as it considers investing there. We evaluated opportunities to engage voters of color to elect climate champions; demand clean energy investments from utilities; and build support for clean energy jobs.

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SERVICES: OUR “THREE Ps”

POLITICS

We bring a century of expertise to challenges and opportunities.

PARTNERSHIPS

We know the surest way to drive value in the New American South.

PUBLISHING

We collect, organize, translate and share actionable insights.

We’re Looking for Awesome People.

Southern, savvy, and strategic — we are recruiting the region’s best professionals from every level of politics and business, paired with tactics and technologies to power electoral and policy success. And we’re growing! 

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