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November 18, 2021

State of Arizona Tourism Receives $9.4M in Recovery Grants

Earlier this month, Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Office of Tourism announced 43 businesses and organizations across the state will receive more than $9.4 million in recovery grants. This…

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November 15, 2021

What Does Arizona’s Cyber Command Center Mean for the Economy?

In early October, Governor Doug Ducey launched Arizona’s new Cyber Command Center during a ceremony at the Department of Public Safety’s Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) in Phoenix. The…

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October 26, 2021

Post-COVID Tourism in Arizona: Will It Recover?

Arizona is a hotbed for tourism between its beautiful range of recreation areas, annual spring training excitement, and year-round comfortable weather. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic completely stalled the state’s tourism…

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October 19, 2021

What Does a Booming Technology Industry Mean for Arizona’s Economy?

In a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau, Phoenix saw the largest population growth between 2010 and 2020. This is due to a number of factors, such as a…

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October 12, 2021

Arizona Employment is Back Up to Pre-COVID Levels

The COVID-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on many businesses and their employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, of the 18.1 million people unemployed in June 2020, 11.4…

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September 20, 2021

Why Should Small Businesses Join a Chamber of Commerce?

Looking to expand your presence and grow your business’s revenue? Joining your local chamber of commerce can be an exceptional opportunity to push your small businesses to the next level. …

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September 13, 2021

Sports Betting is Now Legal in Arizona: What Does This Mean?

As of April 2021, sports betting is officially legal in the State of Arizona. The new law officially launched on September 9th, 2021, perfect timing for the upcoming NFL and…

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August 20, 2021

What is the I-17 Widening and Improvement Project?

If you have ever driven to northern Arizona, you know the only direct route from the Phoenix area is Interstate 17 (I-17). Recently, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced…

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August 13, 2021

Arizona Monsoon Season and Flooding in Gila Bend

While most people assume Arizona is a desolate desert, it can actually be a wet oasis. 2021 has seen an exceedingly rainy summer. Although it has been beneficial  for our…

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August 6, 2021

Client Spotlight: Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Our brain is one of, if not the most critical part of our bodies. The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is stepping up to serve thousands of members of the…

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July 23, 2021

What Is The Clean Elections Commission?

Have you ever wondered what the Clean Elections Commission is? The Citizens Clean Elections Act, passed by voters in 1998, is administered by a five member, non-partisan Commission. It established…

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July 16, 2021

Dorn Policy Group is Proud to Promote Funding for The Arizona Trail

As an Arizona resident, you probably already know how important recreational trails are to our state. Not only does it allow us to enjoy the natural beauty of our communities,…

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July 9, 2021

What are Referendums and Propositions?

Do you want to see a piece of legislation on your next voter ballot? Referendums and propositions are two processes used to do just that.  What exactly are referendums and…

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June 18, 2021

Client Spotlight: AZAdvances

Here at Dorn Policy Group, Inc., we are proud of the work we do and the relationships we build. As an Arizona-based company, we strive to better our community, and…

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June 11, 2021

How Do State, Federal Governments, and Lobbying Complement One Another?

Government is a revolving door with elected officials constantly developing new laws and regulations that impact businesses. It’s like that old saying goes: it’s all about who you know.  How…

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May 24, 2021

Fact Versus Opinion in Lobbying: What Holds More Clout?

Lobbying is the art of influencing key policy makers in regard to specific issue areas that might affect one or more clients the firm represents. Lobbyists give a voice to…

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May 17, 2021

How State Budgets are Built and Executed

Every year, or every other year, states face the task of creating budgets that adequately address the needs of their residents while also maintaining their short-term and long-term fiscal objectives….

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May 10, 2021

How a Large Network Benefits You and Your Community

In today’s business environment the people you know and the connections you have are of equal if not more value than what you know. A business network is a vital…

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April 19, 2021

How Government Relations Firms Aid Businesses

There are many ways in which businesses of all sizes can benefit from a government relations firm. From helping to expand your potential client base to making sure you are…

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April 12, 2021

What is the Difference Between Direct Lobbying and Grassroots Lobbying?

In today’s exceptionally competitive society, there is a high demand for government relations professionals. Their advocacy can provide much-needed support for businesses, both big and small, on policies that may…

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April 5, 2021

3 Benefits Public-Private Partnerships Have on Government Relations

There has been a shift in government interest relating to public-private partnerships (P3s). A P3 involves the collaboration between government agencies and private-sector companies to finance, build, and operate different…

March 22, 2021

Arizona Looks to Reduce Crime With House Bill 2262

Our team has been working with a number of organizations and lawmakers on issues that impact our local communities. One proposal that we have been working closely on is House…

March 17, 2021

Case Study: School of Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound Program

Here at Dorn Policy Group, Inc., we are hard at work for our clients during the 2021 Legislative Session. We are highlighting one of our clients, the School of Cardiac…

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March 16, 2021

Why Do Cities and Towns Hire Lobbyists

Oftentimes, people associate lobbying with big corporations, organizations, or businesses in Washington, D.C. However, there are other types, such as intergovernmental lobbying.  Intergovernmental lobbying means that cities, counties, and states…

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February 24, 2021

How to Hire a Lobbyist

Hiring a lobbyist can be a crucial step in trying to achieve a business objective or goal. By hiring a lobbyist, you can ensure that your voice will be heard…

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February 17, 2021

What are Lobbying Internships Like? Meet Our Interns!

Here at Dorn Policy Group, we love our interns! We know it can be hard to start a career in policy or government relations while in college or a recent…

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February 10, 2021

Advocacy Versus Lobbying

Even though a lot of the time lobbying and advocating can work hand in hand, there are still key differences that make them separate. Therefore, it is important to understand…

January 28, 2021

Arizona Legislative Session 2021

2020 was a unique year with the global pandemic and presidential election. As we start to see the ramifications, we need to understand where we were and where we are…

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January 22, 2021

What Are the Requirements to Register As a Lobbyist?

Before participating in any lobbying activities, advocates should review the rules for the state or local government in which they operate in.  Under certain circumstances, advocates for an issue, cause,…

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January 15, 2021

The Impact of Environmental Lobbying

Environmental lobbying is a key issue for both policymakers and companies, with over $13 million being spent in 2020 alone. Environmental policy impacts many different sectors, so it is important…

December 23, 2020

3 Reasons Why Business Owners Should Hire Lobbyists For Zoning Regulations

Businesses often find it difficult to navigate around zoning regulations on certain areas of land. Zoning is the process by which local policymakers restrict the use of the property and…

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December 21, 2020

3 Ways Small Businesses Can Benefit From Lobbying

Owner, HR, CFO, procurement, IT. Small business owners have several roles to carry out.  One that may never be thought of, yet may be one of the most important, is…

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December 9, 2020

Differences Between Lobbyists and Lawyers

While lobbyists and lawyers both practice law, there are quite a few key differences when it comes to comparing them. Being able to spot these differences can help you determine…

General Lobbying
November 20, 2020

How to Find the Best Government Relations Firm

Hiring a government relations firm is a great first step in making sure your voice is heard when it comes to public policy issues that might affect your business. These…

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November 12, 2020

What is a Government Relations Firm?

Thomas R. Dye once said politics is about battling over scarce governmental resources and who, where, when, why, and how they obtain them. One of the ways businesses pursue the…

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November 5, 2020

Is Lobbying Good Or Bad For Democracy?

Lobbying is the process of trying to influence key policymakers. Lobbyists will attempt to educate public officials to take a stand that best aligns with the interest of who they…

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October 28, 2020

Why Do We Have Lobbyists?

In 2019, the total amount of spending reached $3.47 billion, the most it’s been in almost a decade. Congressional changes continue to create opportunities for lobbying firms to use their…

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October 14, 2020

Where Does School Funding Go?

If there is one thing people can agree on, it is that kids need the proper resources for their education. One way districts achieve this is through school funding. According…

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October 7, 2020

How to Become A Lobbyist

A career in lobbying can be very rewarding as lobbyists are individuals who aim to influence political decisions. Lobbyists advocate at the local, state, and federal government for issues that…

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September 29, 2020

How Lobbyists Advocated For Your Favorite Sports League

Each year top professional sports leagues go to Washington D.C. to advocate for and against policies that align with their best interests. These multi-billion dollar companies Include the NFL, NBA,…

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September 15, 2020

Funding Water Resource Assistance for Native American Tribes

Everyone deserves clean, potable water, and unfortunately many Native American tribes lack water that meets the Safe Drinking Water Act. In April 2020, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that six…

Press Releases
September 1, 2020

EVCCA Acknowledges 2020 Legislators as Business Champions and Friends of Business

EVCCA Acknowledges 2020 Legislators as Business Champions and Friends of Business   September 1, 2020 Contact:  Dorn Policy Group, 602-290-2727 The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance named Senators Karen…

September 1, 2020

How Tech Companies Are Lobbying The U.S. Government

The world is currently in the midst of a technological revolution. According to Finances Online, the world spent $3.360 billion in 2019 on technology products and services for personal and…

August 31, 2020

How New Sports Stadiums Impact Local Economies

There’s nothing like going to a sports stadium to watch your favorite game. The atmosphere, the fans, the beer, and of course the game itself make for a one-of-a-kind experience….

August 26, 2020

Senators Introduce a Bill to Finance Loans for Rail Infrastructure Projects

The most important component of any railroad is its infrastructure. The term means the combination of elements that make up the rail’s right-of-way (bridges, tracks, tunnels, ties, etc.) and equipment…

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August 11, 2020

How Boutique Lobbyists Give Small Business Owners a Voice

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are approximately 28 million small businesses, which account for 54% of sales across a diverse range of industries.  While it is…

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July 31, 2020

Reviving Uranium Mining in Arizona

For years, lobbyists have been working on behalf of mining companies to voice their interest in greater support for uranium mining in Arizona. Back in April, the Trump administration released…

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July 30, 2020

The Defense Industry After COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities and businesses, it should come as no surprise that it has also troubled the defense industry. While the aerospace defense industry is experiencing…

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July 13, 2020

Is Lobbying Legal?

One of the most common questions we get from people who are new to the lobbying industry is why is lobbying legal? Is lobbying considered bribery? No! Lobbying is a…

June 30, 2020

Nursing Homes Fight for Protection from Lawsuits

As we mentioned in a previous blog post about why lobbying will be important as a result of COVID-19, hiring a lobbyist is a critical move to prepare for the…