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Ohio River South Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Joel Alvarado pictured with @AtlTechCollege President, Victoria Seals at the annual Atlanta Technical College Reception for Community Partners. #gapol #HBCUs #ATL

Atlanta-based Democratic Strategist & Ohio River South Managing Partner, Howard Franklin discusses this week’s Democratic presidential debate with @NBCNews’ @jonallendc #gapol #2020Election https://t.co/T00Ufe7QxV

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.

JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION

Birmingham, AL

Publishing client since 2018
www.jccal.org

In the county’s bicentennial year, Ohio River South was contracted to help usher historic transparency into Jefferson County, Alabama. After 200 years, and nearly a full score into the twenty-first century, the state’s largest county still does not provide access to government meetings online, either live or via archive. We were hired to live-stream the very first commission meetings in its two hundred-year history. 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.

WELLPATH

Nashville, TN

Partnerships client since 2018
www.wellpathcare.com

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 in 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.

CENTER ON RURAL INNOVATION

Selma, AL

Client since 2018

HAMMERMAN & GAINER INTERNATIONAL

New Orleans, LA

Politics client since 2017
hgi.global

New Orleans-based Hammerman & Gainer International enjoyed early success in Atlanta, but contracted with Ohio River South to rebuild its footprint in the capital of the New American South. Supporting the multi-state expansion of America's largest minority-owned TPA firm. Based in New Orleans and active in several southern states, Hammerman Gainer International saw the opportunity present in Georgia, a state that headquarters 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 looks to build a stronghold in the Peach State.

CAN COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE

Columbus, GA

Client since 2018

NEXT GENERATION AMERICA

Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Miami, FL

Politics client since 2018
www.nextgenamerica.org

Ohio River South was tapped to lead southern political outreach for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. Noted environmental activist and founder of Next Gen America Tom Steyer starred in a campaign to engage Americans in the discussion of impeachment, while elevating issues that are top of mind for many voters. Ohio River South produced a ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitals, with activities including local prayer breakfasts, college student and volunteer luncheons, immersive experiences with tours of historically significant communities, and town hall meetings with special guests and thousands of attendees. Our work helped Next Gen America collect millions of email addresses and contribute data that helped flip competitive congressional seats.

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Atlanta, GA

Publishing client since 2017
www.atlantapublicschools.us

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

GEORGIA HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION

Atlanta, GA

Politics client since 2016
www.ghla.net

Tourism contributes more than $60 billion and nearly half a million jobs to Georgia’s economy. Hotels are the backbone of that industry, and they enjoy the robust advocacy by the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. Ohio River South leads advocacy on behalf of more than 100 properties located inside the capital city. On their behalf, we fight onerous local legislation, provide connectivity with multiple jurisdictions and build relationships with city leaders, both elected and appointed. We have convened meetings with past two mayors, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Beltline, Fulton County Solicitor General, Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education, Chief of Police and virtually every member of Atlanta City Council.

AMIR FAROKHI FOR CITY COUNCIL

Atlanta, GA

Politics client since 2017
www.AmirforAtlanta.com

Atlanta native Amir Farokhi found himself in a five-way race for City Council, District 2, the most densely-populated, rapidly changing and dynamic collection of residents and businesses anywhere in the city. The field of challengers offered every flavor of candidate, running in highly engaged intown neighborhoods of Inman Park, Candler Park, downtown, midtown and more. Ohio River South designed an aggressive campaign plan that focused on smart resource allocation, a robust ground game and digital outreach. A late stage poll confirmed that our focus was working, so we engineered a final effort that resulted in winning 55% in a five-way election and avoiding a runoff, winning Amir attention for his potent political apparatus.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SOUTHERN EQUITY

Atlanta, GA

Partnerships client since 2017
www.psequity.org

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

NEXT GENERATION AMERICA

Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Miami, FL

Politics client since 2018
www.nextgenamerica.org

Ohio River South was tapped to lead southern political outreach for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. Noted environmental activist and founder of Next Gen America Tom Steyer starred in a campaign to engage Americans in the discussion of impeachment, while elevating issues that are top of mind for many voters. Ohio River South produced a ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitals, with activities including local prayer breakfasts, college student and volunteer luncheons, immersive experiences with tours of historically significant communities, and town hall meetings with special guests and thousands of attendees. Our work helped Next Gen America collect millions of email addresses and contribute data that helped flip competitive congressional seats.

NEXT GENERATION AMERICA

Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Miami, FL

Politics client since 2018
www.nextgenamerica.org

Ohio River South was tapped to lead southern political outreach for the largest individual donor to congressional democrats in 2018 midterm elections. Noted environmental activist and founder of Next Gen America Tom Steyer starred in a campaign to engage Americans in the discussion of impeachment, while elevating issues that are top of mind for many voters. Ohio River South produced a ‘Day of Action’ in southern capitals, with activities including local prayer breakfasts, college student and volunteer luncheons, immersive experiences with tours of historically significant communities, and town hall meetings with special guests and thousands of attendees. Our work helped Next Gen America collect millions of email addresses and contribute data that helped flip competitive congressional seats.

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON

City of South Fulton, GA

Client since 2018

GET FULTON MOVING

Sandy Springs, GA

Politics client since 2016

Fulton County residents have long named transportation as the most important issue facing the region. SB 369 authorized counties to ask voters for up to 1% sales tax for transportation spending. Fulton County put a .75 T-SPLOST on the ballot to raise $570 million for roads, bridges and sidewalks. Ohio River South led the effort to pass the referendum in the state’s largest county, but without the benefit of transit voters from its largest city: Atlanta. We ran a robust grassroots and social media campaign with less than $75,000. In the final tally, nearly 240,000 voters cast a ballot. Most of the 13,000-vote margin came from an unlikely source – the City of Sandy Springs – dispelling the myth that northern suburbs would not back transit expansion.

DELIVER STRATEGIES

Arlington, VA

Partnerships client since 2016
www.deliverstrategies.com

Deliver Strategies is a Virginia-based direct mail and campaign communications firm that has worked on dozens of high-profile elections across America. With a sprawling footprint and extensive network, Ohio River South served as the company’s strategic partner in the new South, recruiting top-tier political campaigns as shared clients and remaining engaged as consultants to identify promising political talent, win races, and fuel the prospect of more business with zero overhead. Resulting victories included the Gammage, APS e-splost and Columbus referenda.

DC OFFICE OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Washington, DC

Publishing client since 2017
www.does.dc.gov

We helped craft a worst-to-first turnaround narrative to accompany a bevy of improvements made by the capital city’s workforce agency. The Washington DC Office of Employment Services (DOES) in the midst of 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, we worked boots-on-the-ground to increase civic engagement during the turnaround efforts of one of America's most dynamic workforce agencies.

NATIONAL RENTAL HOME COUNCIL

Washington, DC

Client since 2018

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Washington, DC

Client since 2018

CLIMATE EQUITY ACTION FUND

Washington, DC

Publishing client since 2018
website

The Climate Equity Action Fund helps organizations educate and mobilize voters of color to elect climate champions and hold them accountable. Active in Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the Fund hired Ohio River South to conduct an exhaustive analysis of the capacity for change in the peach state, as it considered investing in Georgia. Our entire team pitched in to take stock of opportunities to engage voters of color to elect climate champions; demand clean energy investments from utility companies; and build support for jobs in the clean energy sector. Our work resulted in Georgia becoming a partner state in 2018.

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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