How We Did It

A Mississippi Gulf Coast community was seeking federal funding to help address a critical infrastructure problem that was affecting the health and safety of its residents and inhibiting economic growth and viability. Cogent’s government relations team worked to communicate the urgency of the city’s issues to key congressional and administration audiences, particularly members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. This included educational message materials and letters of support from representatives of the city’s various business and economic sectors, including defense, health care, education and hospitality.

We recruited congressional champions and supporters and kept them engaged during the lengthy and labor-intensive appropriations process. In only three years, we secured a total of $11 million in funding to repair and improve the city’s sewer system, address water quality issues and meet additional infrastructure needs.