Salt River Project (SRP) - The oldest reclamation project in the country serving water and electricity to central Arizona since before Statehood (state, local and regulatory [ACC] issues)
Arizona Municipal Power Users Association (AMPUA) - An organization made up of irrigation districts, electric cooperatives, electrical districts and municipal power providers (state and local issues)
Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, Yuma, Arizona (state issues)
Cortaro Marana Irrigation District of Pima County, Arizona, Marana, Arizona (state issues)
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA) (state issues)
Hohokam Irrigation and Drainage District, Casa Grande, Arizona (state issues)
Natural Resources and Environmental
The Nature Conservancy - An international conservation organization managing multiple properties in Arizona benefiting habitat and humanity (state issues)
Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc.- A forest products company with a sawmill in Eager, Arizona (federal, state and local issues)
Phoenix Children’s Hospital - The only pure children’s hospital in Arizona (federal, state and local issues)
Celgene Corporation - Pharmaceutical manufacturer, with a facility in Phoenix making cancer treatment drugs (state issues)
21st Century Healthcare - Vitamin manufacturer, with a facility in Tempe exporting product internationally (state and local issues)
Ryan LLC - A premier tax consulting company (state and local tax issues)
Arizona Data Center Coalition(state and local issues)
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. - The largest data center company in the Arizona market (state and local issue)
Local Government Relations
Problem: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a non-profit hospital specializing in pediatric medicine, required additional funding to cover operating costs.
Plan: Create an opportunity that allows private donations to be maximized utilizing federal matching.
Solution: B3 Strategies led coordination efforts between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the City of Phoenix, resulting in the establishment of the Pediatric Healthcare Initiative Fund. The fund allows private citizens to have their donation matched by federal monies.
Problem: 21st Century Healthcare, a vitamin manufacturing plant in Tempe, AZ, planned to expand its manufacturing plant; however the existing power grid could not sustain the additional electrical demand.
Plan: Connect with Salt River Project and establish a local need to expand the grid in the area of the manufacturing plant without 21st Century Healthcare having to bear the burden of the cost.
Solution: Utilizing relationships from over 25 years of work at Salt River Project, B3 Strategies' CEO coordinated communications with key stakeholders to establish need and lay the foundation for the grid expansion.
State Government Relations
Problem: Data Center stakeholders were looking for an opportunity to drive more data center growth to Arizona. While Arizona’s climate, location, and power resources were positive aspects to the development of data centers, Arizona was one of only a few states that did not offer an economic benefit to data center development.
Plan: Establish tax incentives for the growth and development of data centers in Arizona.
Solution: B3 Strategies assisted in the drafting of HB 2009 which provided a tax relief on Retail Transaction Privilege Tax and Use Tax on enabling software purchased for qualifying data centers. B3 Strategies’ efforts also included testifying at committee hearings, facilitating meetings with key legislators, and educating stakeholders on the bill. HB 2009 was signed into law in June, 2013.
Problem: Insurance companies were not required to provide the same coverage to cancer treatment medication that was delivered orally, self-injected, or administered intravenously by a healthcare professional. This caused self-administered treatment medication to be covered as a prescription rather than as a medical plan, meaning patients paid more for self-administered treatment.
Plan: Introduce legislation that would require insurance companies to offer the same insurance coverage for all types of cancer treatment medication whether it is self administered or administered by a healthcare professional.
Solution: B3 Strategies, through Celgene, represented a coalition of government and public relations specialists representing 30 different health organizations, led by the Arizona Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They worked towards the passage of HB 2078, the Oral Parity Bill, which provided equal coverage, deductible, and coinsurance amounts for the same cancer treatment medication whether it was administered orally, self-injected, or administered intravenously by a health care professional. The Oral Parity Bill was signed into law in April 2014.
Problem: Due to clear cutting and mismanagement, Arizona’s forests were in a dangerous level of overgrowth that caused unusually intense and severe fires such as the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire and the 2011 Wallow Fire.
Plan: Establish a program for healthy forest management through the State Forester.
Solution: On behalf of The Nature Conservancy, B3 Strategies successfully led efforts that resulted in the unanimous passage of HB 2343, establishing a program for the removal of vegetative natural products to prevent fires and promote forest management of state lands. Additionally, B3 Strategies secured $1.4 million of the 2014 budget for program integration that was crucial to the protection of Arizona’s forests.
Federal Government Relations
Problem: Children’s hospitals were at risk to lose graduate medical education funding, which provided funding for doctors in children’s hospitals to gain pediatric experience.
Plan: Inform Arizona’s congressional delegation on the importance of Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) funding and aim to unite them in support of the extension of funding through an act of Congress and have it signed into law.
Solution: B3 Strategies arranged meetings with members of Arizona’s congressional delegation on behalf of Phoenix Children’s Hospital to educate lawmakers on the importance of (CHGME) and the value that the funding brings to Arizona’s children’s hospitals. The CHGME Support Reauthorization Act was passed unanimously by the Senate without Amendment in November of 2013 and signed into law by President Obama in April of 2014.
Problem: Arizona’s forests were prone to aggressive, unusually intense, and unusually severe fires due to past mismanagement. State funds alone were not enough to finance the necessary thinning projects that would restore Arizona’s forest health.
Plan: Find federal monies to help fund Arizona’s forest thinning projects.
Solution: Working with Arizona’s congressional delegation, B3 Strategies was able to facilitate the inclusion of language that provided federal tax dollars for the thinning of Arizona’s dangerously overgrown forests. The Farm Bill was passed into law in the spring of 2014.