Did you know nearly 20 percent of U.S. households don’t have access to some basic banking services like a checking account? Cassidy client NCR is working with Washington on solutions to help these underbanked Americans.
NCR has always had a strong focus on financial inclusion and innovation, starting with the cash register over a century ago and today its technologies power eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps in the United States.
NCR executive Marija Zivanovic-Smith writes in a recent blog, “Financial inclusion is about much more than just having a bank account. At its root level, it is a key element of social and economic inclusion. It is about helping people participate in today’s connected economy.”
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, chair of the state’s Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, made the announcement, “I am pleased to announce the well-respected firm Cassidy & Associates has been selected as the advocate for our state’s military installations.”
Cassidy & Associates helped Ocean Spray kick off the first of a wave of exciting cranberry events across the nation celebrating the 200th cranberry harvest at USDA’s Farmer’s Market. Ocean Spray grower, Allison Carr, shared with USDA officials a new partnership with Scholastic to help bring ag in the classroom to over 40 thousand elementary classrooms across the nation. Also, while in the nation’s Capital, Ocean Spray visited with students at Smothers Elementary School who learned firsthand about the rich history of the cranberry, one of three native US fruit crops and how they are grown, harvested and produced.
The Cassidy Defense Team released its annual summer policy report on issues affecting America’s defense communities today. The newsletter to clients explores issues and policies surrounding the future of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them while summarizing information gathered at the recent Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit. Cassidy helped sponsor the annual event.
Cassidy & Associates is proud to sponsor Defense Communities 2016 National Summit this week in Washington. Understanding the mission of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them and what it takes to be “at the ready” is the focus of this year’s annual summit.
Did you know just how great an impact these communities have on our nation’s economy?
With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, the Department of
Defense is the nation’s largest employer.
The indirect and direct employment associated with the U.S. aerospace and defense industry is a minimum of 3.5 million jobs.
The Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.
DoD has approximately 431,000 facilities or assets in the U.S.
The total industry generated an estimated $37.8 billion in wage and income-based taxes of employees to state and federal government treasuries.
Interpublic’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) held a lunch seminar on career advancing this afternoon at the Cassidy office for its DC Chapter and featured Cassidy COO Jordan Bernstein as a panelist. IPG is the parent company of Cassidy & Associates and WLN is an empowered IPG-wide organization that promotes the advancement, retention and recruitment of women.
The Times Leader reported the Cassidy Team “detailed key points on what needs to be said and done during a BRAC review.” It also quoted Barry telling community leaders, “Bad military bases are now closed… The good bases, like Tobyhanna, remain open.” Rhoads said the next BRAC review will focus on efficiency and maximum cost savings. “And the focus will be on closures over realignment,” he said.
The Cassidy Defense Team delivered its analysis of New Jersey military installations last week as the Burlington County Times reports, “In a 168-page report, officials from Cassidy & Associates provide analysis of the current defense environment and the possibility of a new Base Realignment and Closure round in 2019, as well as the relative strengths, opportunities and challenges each of New Jersey’s remaining military installations might face during a BRAC, or from other defense cuts.”
The paper reported New Jersey officials welcomed the report, “Cassidy & Associates provided sound advice to New Jersey officials during previous base closure rounds, and that the firm’s new recommendations should carry significant weight.”
The article quotes former New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton applauding Cassidy’s work, saying, “They have been our ace in the hole for years and years.”
Malave Scholars of The City University of New York (CUNY), a Cassidy client, are on Capitol Hill this week discussing higher education reform, food security, and affordable housing with staff members from the New York Congressional Delegation including U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as well as the House Agriculture Committee.
The CUNY Malave Academy provides an advanced level of co-curricular opportunities for students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership on their campuses and in their communities. This unique program develops leadership values and skills through experiential civic engagement, advocacy activities, and leadership competency training. The Malave students learn how to be effective leaders both within CUNY and their own communities.
There is also consideration of the Water Resources Development Act and energy tax credits that some lawmakers tried to attach to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. In addition, there is legislation on chemical safety reform, as well as the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to Kai Anderson, CEO of Cassidy & Associates.
“There is plenty of unfinished business at the end of any two-year Congress. Some pieces can be finished up this year. Some pieces need to be advanced as far as possible so that they can be fast out of the gate in the next Congress with a new president,” Anderson said.
Cassidy Senior Vice President Dave Belote is at the event with Cassidy clients as the forum discusses and debates the best way to fully implement a roadmap for a low-carbon future. From the changing electricity marketplace to expanding capital for renewables and prospects for the Clean Power Plan, all are a part of today’s forum to help unite business, policy and finance to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.
The Summit brings together experts on defense, economic, political, health and social issues effecting soldiers. Attendees examine the changing military missions and roles of Army women and the challenges they face transitioning back to civilian life.
The event brings together thousands of participants from around the world to focus on key global issues facing the industry. Inmarsat SVP for Government Strategy and Policy Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch is a featured participant at the event leading a panel discussion on the turning point for the Department of Defense in satellite acquisition and deployment. The panel included experts from the Pentagon, industry, and media.
Former Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia has joined Cassidy & Associates as a Senior Advisor. A centrist Democrat, he represented West Virginia’s Third District and was the dean of state’s congressional delegation serving for 38 years from 1977 to 2015.
Congressman Rahall served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 2007 to 2011 and was the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2011-2015.
A quarter of the bills he sponsored while in Congress related to public lands and natural resources. As Chairman, he worked to honor the Committee’s charge of serving the natural environment, wild lands, scenic vistas, fish and wildlife, Native Americans, and the public interest.
“We are pleased to have Congressman Rahall on board and the opportunity to rely on his expertise and network as we work to broaden our practices related to natural resource, public lands, transportation and infrastructure issues,” said Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson.
Kai added, “As a well-regarded leader with a track record of balancing conservation and development, Congressman Rahall knows the trends and players and can help us build on our success and capabilities in variety of pursuits.”
Congressman Rahall noted, “Cassidy has a top-notch team. I know firsthand of its impeccable work and how they work effectively to educate and empower Washington with the facts, insights and strategies so the government can make well-informed decisions.”
Cassidy client Inmarsat works every day with DoD agencies creating powerful solutions that help meet military mission requirements and leverage advances in commercial satellite communications capability. But more can be done to further integrate commercial capabilities and Inmarsat Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch is taking a closer look at what is being done in this “new era for the DoD and space.”
“It is an era of uncertainty, as we cannot fully know the intent of our enemies, just as we cannot predict when and where the next natural disaster will compel our humanitarian assistance. It is also an age of opportunity to push SATCOM innovation to extraordinary levels of performance, as industry leaders work with government agencies to augment MILSATCOM with ideal coverage, capabilities, reliability, capacity, resiliency and security. With this, the military community will best position itself to prepare for any challenge, with completely secured access to the space assets needed to get the job done.”
A couple hundred students attended the event where Jesse outlined how they could become engaged in public policy and land a job on Capitol Hill. He also explained Cassidy’s commitment and importance of maintaining integrity and professionalism, as you’re an advocate for your client’s interest.
The annual career fair is an opportunity for students to explore a variety of professions and practice their interviewing skills. CPE is a mentoring and college success program for low-income students living in the Washington, DC area.
The Seattle symposium is the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States and will bring together policymakers, industry leaders, and leading experts to confront the leading issues in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich, also serves as a member of the AES leadership team.
The Cassidy Energy Team is in Austin this week joining global innovation, business and defense leaders for the Defense Energy Summit 2015. Cassidy & Associates is returning as a sponsor of the annual event that focuses on building a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence and efforts to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense in support of national security and the warfighter.
On site in Texas is Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson along with Executive Vice President Russ Thomasson. Senior Vice President Dave Belote is a featured speaker on Wednesday, discussing operational strategies and mobilizing stakeholders to prepare, respond, recover and adapt to change.
The Practice reported… Recalling his first meetings with a community group relating to a pending base closure—Rhoads was involved in the Department of Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission—he notes, “I treated this representation just like any other legal matter. At that time, there were few lawyers in the rural areas where these military bases were located, so the clients were just impressed to have anyone come and represent them.” Summing up, he says, “I’ve been practicing law every day quite frankly. That’s why I think I’m good at what I do—because of my legal background.”