Issues

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At the Ridge Policy Group we put ourselves in your shoes and understand your issues inside and out. Our entire team is available to each and every client. We pride ourselves on versatility, precision, and diligence.

Budget

Well-versed in appropriations and budget procedures at the state and federal levels, the Ridge Policy Group leverages relationships in the state and federal governments to help secure funding for our clients’ projects. Our firm aims to become experts in our clients’ work, effectively positioning our advocacy for client priorities. The Ridge Policy Group conducts customized grant searches that locate government funding opportunities based on client needs, and also accesses our bi-partisan networks to obtain endorsements from government leaders for clients that are competing for government and other funds.
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Construction and Real Estate

Solid infrastructure is essential to economic development, and the Ridge Policy Group recognizes the importance real estate and constructions firms play in building our communities. In Washington and across state capitols the firm identifies legislative priorities to the development community. The Ridge Policy Group approaches real estate impediments on local and state levels, and connects developers to public officials and community organizations. Leveraging relationships in government we position bids to increase competitiveness, and the firm also lends insight on development trends to align projects with appropriate capital sources and incentives.
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Economic Development

TThe Ridge Policy Group understands the value of professional, sophisticated economic development programs as a means to not only attract and retain business, but properly address sustainability, transportation and infrastructure, and unemployment. Sensible development requires preparation, initiative, and investment to implement best practices, and our firm assists development organizations to increase their profile in Washington, identify funding and other resources, and meet policy-makers and industry leadership. Our work in significant industries, such as energy, healthcare, higher education and manufacturing, find opportunities for collaboration, and the firm’s relationship with the innovation and sustainability communities affords further advantages for economic development programs.
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Energy and Environment

The sustainability of our domestic energy supply is vital to our country’s economic future and our homeland security. The Ridge Policy Group is proud to be at the forefront of the policy discussions surrounding both the development of new energy sources, such as shale gas being developed in the Marcellus Shale Region, and the maintenance of traditional energy industries. Our firm has extensive knowledge of environmental regulations, public utility issues and infrastructure legislation related to natural gas development at the state and federal levels. Governor Ridge was honored to serve as a national spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, advocating for the responsible development of natural gas, and our team has represented clientele from every aspect of the natural gas industry, from production, to transport, to retail. Furthermore, the Ridge Policy Group upholds respect for conservation and environmental stewardship, and we remain committed to fostering appropriate sustainability initiatives. Promoting a collaborative approach, our understanding of the energy industry and relationships therein allows us to share environment considerations with energy sector leaders, policy-makers, and the non-profit community alike.
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Healthcare

Washington and Harrisburg find a continued focus on issues that impact medical centers and health care providers, employers and health insurance plans, and researchers and pharmaceutical companies. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, stakeholders are watching intently as the legislative and regulatory environment continues to evolve. The Ridge Policy Group appreciates the myriad of ways that the public sector can aid the growth of the health care industry, including Medicare and Medicaid policy, government benefit packages, and public-private partnerships. Additionally, our team engages in government marketing on behalf of our clients to ensure that when potential partnerships arise our clients are well-positioned to compete.
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Higher Education

The Ridge Policy Group understands that every institution has a mission as diverse as its student body. Higher educational institutions provide environments in which students are inspired to think independently and creatively while simultaneously learning the skills they need to succeed in life. Our clients range from small liberal arts colleges to medical schools to private providers who educate students nationwide. The firm’s scope of services to higher education includes addressing policy issues, engaging program opportunities, and securing significant federal and private research grants. Our relationships include the U.S. Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, along with other supporting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Endowment for the Arts.
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Homeland Security

With leadership like Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and Mark Holman, former Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Homeland Security, our expertise in national security policy is unparalleled in the government relations field. Our clients have the benefit of working with the inaugural leaders directing our nation’s first Office of Homeland Security. The Ridge Policy Group has the experience to represent all industry sectors and companies providing strategic risk management and security solutions. Our relationships and knowledge base covers counterterrorism, border security, critical infrastructure protection, preparedness, response and recovery and immigration reform.
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Innovation and Technology

Innovation and technology represent a driving force for economic success, and the Ridge Policy Group recognizes how public policy can foster creative development and tech growth in industry. We have worked with venture development organizations and research incubators to ensure the creative ideas of today become the indispensable products of tomorrow. The firm’s experience has responded to policy concerns and promoted interests to support the creative economy’s growth, and our in-depth knowledge of federal programs authorized by the America COMPETES Act, as well other federal and state tax incentives, has assisted partners to increase scope, markets and outreach. Additionally, the Ridge Policy Group’s cross-genre expertise provides insight into areas such as economic development and cyber-security that are of value.
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K-12 Education

No one can deny that every child should have access to a great education. But achieving such can prove difficult and there are many components and often complex, moving pieces within the education conversation. The Ridge Policy Group understands the many issues affecting decisions on when, where, and how we educate our children. Our firm meets needs of school districts, charter institutions, private interest groups and aligned non-profits by offering a service-oriented government affairs approach specifically-designed to advance your program’s goals.
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Life Sciences

Given the significant role of the sciences in our economy, the Ridge Policy Group recognizes the importance of strong relationships between life sciences, pharmaceutical industry, science and technology firms and government and consumer audiences. We work collaboratively to grow coalitions and develop strong cohesive messaging to assist our clients in building support and engaging allies. Our expertise assists firms with creating effective legislative issue campaigns and communicates the industry’s institutional knowledge with policy-makers.
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Manufacturing

The backbone of our economy, manufacturing represents employment for the next generation, a catalyst for innovation, and the nation’s best opportunity for dependable growth. The Ridge Policy Group understands the need to protect and promote manufacturers and supporting industries: working to ensure policy and spending priorities recognize the value of the manufacturing sector, we provide government relations services for both Fortune 500 companies and growing businesses.
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Non-Profits

Education, entertainment and economic development, community-building, charity and critical services: the non-profit sector’s value is well-known—and irreplaceable. The Ridge Policy Group understands how government support can greatly expand the reach and scope of non-profit efforts. Working to ensure policy and spending priorities recognize the benefits our non-profit community provides, we offer services designed to maximize the value of clients’ government affairs approach. Our firm assists non-profits in reaching political offices, providing legislative outreach, and building dedicated coalitions.
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Trade Associations and Business Chambers

Trade Associations, chambers of commerce and other business organizations provide tremendous value to their members through services, networking, education, and collaboration. The Ridge Policy Group’s expertise assists associations with creating effective issue campaigns, introduces their members to new opportunities, and communicates insights with policy-makers. Managing legislative outreach, building partnerships and working to ensure policy and spending priorities recognize the value of associations’ and chambers’ constituencies, the Ridge Policy Group can provide a government relations strategy tailor-made to serve the needs of multiple areas of industry.
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Transportation and Infrastructure

With experience and relationships spanning issues of aviation to the nation’s highways, rail corridors to public transportation systems, and trucking to maritime, the Ridge Policy Group works to ensure policy and spending priorities recognize the value of the transportation sector. From the refurbishing of a local commuter bridge to the creation of new interstate roads, the Ridge Policy Group approaches infrastructure, community planning, interstate maintenance, homeland security, and transportation funding at every level of government.
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