October 6, 2020

Issues Forum Summary – October 2020

Topic: Views from Capitol Hill on the election cycle, SC military, and Covid-19 relief with Cassidy & Associates
Guest Speakers:
Kai Anderson, Chief Executive Officer

Russ Thomasson, Executive Vice President 
Susann Edwards, Vice President

Cassidy and Associates is a leading bipartisan government relations firm consistently ranked among Washington’s best. The team, both Republicans and Democrats, is comprised of former senior Congressional staff, Administration officials, retired military officers, scientists, and business executives.

The Columbia Chamber has a long standing relationship with Cassidy and Associates that began in 2003 when the Columbia Chamber led the effort to protect Fort Jackson from elimination with the first round of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) in 2005. Since that time, the Chamber has worked closely with Cassidy and the local business community to proactively support our military community, advance their mission, and continue to build the base. The efforts have been successful as we avoided the second round of BRAC, which would have considerably reduced the size of Fort Jackson, and rallied to “Save the Fort” during the 2015 round of base and headcount reduction efforts in Washington.

Cassidy and Associates is also instrumental in working with the South Carolina Delegation for military related funding, CARES Act Covid-19 Relief, and numerous business issues. This Issues Forum is a great opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel who work in the midst of Washington on a daily basis.

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