Association Management and Coalition Management

State governments are nimble and creative in their ability to regulate industry vis-a-vis the federal government, and as such, increasingly serve as the laboratories of democracy and the principal governmental entity licensing and regulating industries.

As a result, trade associations and coalitions are formed around or refocused on state legislative issues and regulatory issues at a continuous clip. These associations and coalitions find establishing their headquarters under the management of the nation's leading comprehensive state and local government relations firm of MultiState Associates to be an efficient, effective means of maintaining the headquarters staff and facilities they need while maximizing the resources they can devote to their highest priority - their state government affairs agenda.

MultiState Associates offers national trade associations and coalitions, who are primarily state-focused, the services necessary to manage their day-to-day operations, including:

  • 11,000 square feet of fully furnished and equipped headquarters facilities inside the Washington beltway in Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from Reagan National Airport;
  • Over 75 years of executive level association management experience on staff among MultiState's partners and association management staff, including two Certified Association Executives;
  • State-of-the-art computer hardware, software and on-site technology support;
  • Experienced financial management, bookkeeping, dues and conference billing, and cutting edge accounting systems;
  • Convention and meetings management staff;
  • Membership database management systems and support; and
  • Human resources management, payroll systems and benefits enrollment and management for your association's executive, program and support staff; and receptionist, mailroom and support staff.

Government Relations Consulting

Through its 50-state network, teamed with over 125 years' cumulative state government relations experience of our principals, MultiState Associates offers clients hands-on government relations management expertise and advice.

Our headquarters team undertakes totally customized government relations consulting projects that are as varied as our individual clients' needs. Examples range from a comprehensive government relations plan, including thorough issue identification, for a company of 100,000+ employees with no government affairs program, to helping several small associations develop state-by-state proactive campaigns to achieve their principal objectives, assessing where to start and how to frame the issue. We have conducted government affairs program peer-review audits, assisted clients in coalition building and coalition management, trained association members to help mobilize grassroots, and provided counsel on how to maximize memberships in the major state public policy organizations.

We also employ the expertise of our lobbyists on the ground in individual states to provide in-depth analysis of issues, political assessments, background studies of specific issues, and grassroots lobbying to impact Congressional decision-making. These political consulting projects range from detailed reports on the structure and political realities of certain state boards and commissions to the political viability of accomplishing a specific legislative objective - you name it.

If you need help fine-tuning your government affairs program, taking on a new issue or finding a fresh approach for an old one, give us a call for a proposal on how MultiState can advise you and improve your overall government relations.