Ep. 61 – How Lobbyists Impact Florida Government and Help Shape Tallahassee’s Downtown – Chris Dudley, The Southern Group

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On this episode of the Tallahassee Enterprise Podcast offered by 223 Company, we’re joined by Chris Dudley of The Southern Group. As a lobbyist, Dudley has a hand in shaping outcomes on the Capitol and additionally stays engaged within the Tallahassee group by service as Chair of the Tallahassee Downtown Enchancment Authority and as a former Board member of the Better Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The Southern Group is among the most wanted lobbying and authorities affairs companies within the Southeast and throughout our dialogue Dudley shares numerous insights on that trade. Dudley was impressed to pursue a profession in authorities affairs by his father who spent a few years serving within the Florida Legislature. After serving as Deputy Chief of Employees to Governor Jeb Bush, Dudley made the leap into lobbying by becoming a member of the Southern Group whereas the agency was nonetheless in its infancy. 20 years later, The Southern Group has grow to be a serious power within the Florida authorities. On this week’s present, Dudley shines some gentle on what the lobbying world is de facto like, how issues have modified in that trade over the previous twenty years, and why their agency continues to spend money on a greater downtown for Florida’s Capital Metropolis.

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