Interviews With Ohio State Representative Thomas West, Diane Newton (HNTB, Associate Vice President), Mandy Bishop (City of Columbus, Deputy Director of Public Services) and U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Calfee NOW Video Interview Series
March 1, 2021

Calfee NOW is a video series where Calfee professionals speak with policymakers and industry leaders to offer insights on Noteworthy topics, associated Opportunities and trends to Watch for in the near future.

  Ohio State Representative Thomas West  

On Episode 20 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, spoke with Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Thomas West (D-District 49). Topics discussed included: what encouraged him to get into politics; District 49 and its strengths and weaknesses; and what he hopes to accomplish during his term as President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.

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  Diane Newton   Mandy Bishop  

On Episode 21 of Calfee NOW, Tim Day, Principal with Calfee's Federal and State Government Relations practices, spoke with Diane Newton, Associate Vice President at HNTB, and Mandy Bishop, Deputy Director of Public Services for the City of Columbus. Both Mandy and Diane are actively involved with Smart Columbus, the City of Columbus and Columbus Region's smart city initiative, led by the City of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership, in partnership with The Ohio State University, American Electric Power and many others. Topics discussed included: The U.S. Department of Transportation Grant Award that Smart Columbus received and creating the final program (what led to the award, what did the program initially look like, and how it has evolved since 2016); what elements of the program are unique to Columbus; how these elements have shaped what has been delivered; and how will the successes of the grant be leveraged for future efforts and what is the legacy.

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  U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty  

On Episode 22 of Calfee NOW, Leah Pappas Porner (Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group and Partner-in-Charge of Calfee's Columbus office), and Christine Hesse, (Calfee Strategic Solutions Lead Principal, Federal Government Relations and Policy) spoke with U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH, District 3). Topics discussed included: upcoming legislation and goals for Democrats in 2021; how her leadership role with the House Financial Services Committee and being Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus overlap and her priorities for this congressional session; and how she plans to work with incoming Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Marcia Fudge, on affordable housing initiatives.

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