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Clearwater Group and Impact Management Group Announce Strategic Alliance

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Partnership Will Expand Service Offerings Across MS, AR, and LA

Jackson, MS – The Clearwater Group, LLC is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with Impact Management Group (IMG), a full service public relations, public opinion, and public affairs firm specializing in corporate and political communications with offices in Little Rock, AR and Baton Rouge, LA.

Impact Management Group, led by partners Richard Bearden, Terry Benham, Robert Coon, and Clint Reed, specializes in public affairs, public relations, public opinion and state government relations.  In 2013, IMG was ranked one of the top lobbying firms in the state of Arkansas by a survey of 30 legislative leaders, committee chairmen and other key returning lawmakers, conducted by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

“When we began looking outside Mississippi for ways to grow our business, we quickly determined that a partnership with IMG was a great opportunity for us,” said Austin Barbour, managing partner at the Clearwater Group. “IMG has a sterling reputation with the top business and political leaders throughout Arkansas.  We are enthusiastic about this new relationship, and the new opportunities that it brings to our firm.”

The Clearwater Group, is a full-service political and public affairs consulting firm headquartered in Jackson, MS.  The firm, led by partners Austin Barbour and Arnie Hederman, specializes in federal, state, and local government relations, fundraising, political consulting, business development and grassroots advocacy.

“We have worked with Austin and Arnie for several years now,” said Robert Coon, Partner at IMG. “They have significant experience in the political and public policy arenas and an impressive track record of obtaining results for their clients.  We’re excited about the opportunity to partner together to grow our collective footprint.”

This partnership will allow Clearwater and IMG to collaborate on political and public affairs campaigns, provide new services for their clients with needs in other states, and create new market opportunities for existing and prospective political, public affairs, public opinion, and government relations clients.

About the Clearwater Group

The Clearwater Group, LLC is a full-service consulting firm specializing in federal, state, and local government relations, fundraising, political consulting, business development and grassroots advocacy, headquartered in Jackson, MS. Current clients represent a wide range of the business community; from environmental and energy to audit and healthcare companies. The firm’s partners are proven in navigating complex issues on behalf of their clients before the legislative and executive branches as well as local governmental entities.

With decades of combined experience in working with political campaigns and business-community and governmental leaders, our firm has the needed experience to provide winning results for our clients.

About Impact Management Group

Impact Management Group (IMG) is a full service public relations, public opinion, and public affairs firm specializing in corporate and political communications.  Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas our firm does business all over the South and maintains an office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Our firm has advised corporations, political candidates, and political organizations, for more than two decades.

Our approach is simple – the nexus to campaign success is accurate, detailed public opinion.  We use public opinion to develop strategies to bring people to our client’s positions.  Combined with disciplined messaging, detailed budgeting, and quality data management, IMG’s approach has proven highly successful in putting clients in positions to be successful.


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