Meet the AHIO Lobbyist Heather Coleman Davis
Heather Coleman Davis
Heather Davis & Associates
What is Public Affairs and why is that important to my company?
Public Affairs is a term used to describe a relationship with stakeholders. Stakeholders are individuals or groups with an interest in an organization/ company’s affairs, such as, civil servants, customers and local communities, clients, shareholders, trade associations, think tanks, business groups, charities, unions and the media.
Lobbying is an important component of Public Affairs. Lobbying is the process of influencing public and government policy at all levels: federal, state, and local.
Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. The practice of lobbying is considered so essential that it is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
POLITICS IN ALABAMA
Why should you be involved?
Your company has a vested interest in the politics of Alabama. You want to be certain that you are able to continue doing business in Alabama. You want to be a player with a seat at the table when decisions are made about our state rather than a victim of the decisions.
In this state all of the decisions are made at the state level. There is very limited home rule. With this in mind the importance of working with and developing relationships with the legislature and decision makers in Montgomery becomes very apparent.
What do you want from elected officials?
Heather Davis & Associates is a professional full service public affairs firm offering public relations, business development and communications. We specialize in managing issues which have both a pubic and a political component.