The world’s leading oral health research institution sought to expand its community outreach arm in Massachusetts to provide school-based dental services to communities in need. ADS Ventures identified key state policymakers and coordinated a strategic plan to build a solid coalition of legislative advocates for the program. The resulting annual budget language marked the program’s first appropriated funding in five years and, in addition to expanding the scope of the program, authorized the institution to measure the program’s impact on overall student performance.
A large trade organization for recreational camps for children faced a sweeping state legislative initiative that would be extremely costly and cumbersome for its membership. ADS Ventures worked with the organization to educate its members on the initiative and crafted sensible alternative language that not only made the initiative more economically tenable to the organization’s membership but also greatly enhanced camper safety. ADS Ventures close collaboration with the Massachusetts Legislature to pass this new language into law positioned the organization as a leader on child safety as well as a reliable private sector partner.
ADS Ventures worked with an international educational non-profit who had major concerns over immigration legislation moving through the US Senate. Our team worked with the organization to educate key Members of the US Senate and staff that the legislation as proposed would have eliminated educational and cultural exchange programs operated by the US State Department for over 50+ years. Working closing with the organization, ADS Ventures was able to find common ground and strike compromise language supported by a group of bipartisan Senators. ADS Ventures then worked with the organization to further educate key Members of the House of Representatives to assure that the compromise language not only survive but also further strengthened to allow the organization to continue operating the programs and continue its mission. To enhance the legislative efforts, ADS Ventures also worked to introduce the organization to the White House Domestic Policy Office as they led the Obama Administrations efforts on immigration reform. The organization is now considered a top resource on this issue by Congress and the Administration and will have a seat at the table during final legislative proceedings and the ensuing regulatory stages of immigration reform.
Due to unintended consequences of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, financial aid officers banned financial aid advisory services to students and families from college campus in an overabundance of caution. HEOA called for the creation of a preferred-lender list in dealing with private student lenders. What legislators did not foresee was that many states had set up quasi-state authorities that offered not only private student loans but also advisory services as part of their mission to offer key financial information to students and families. ADS Ventures worked with a highly respect and nationally recognized state authority to educate policymakers on the unintended consequences. As a result of a combined effort, the US Department of Education offered clarity stating publicly that it was never the intent of the legislation or regulatory actions to ban advisory services by state-chartered institutions from college campuses. While the Department’s response cleared the way for vital services to return to campus, ADS Ventures continues to work to further clarify in statue that financial aid officers can indeed bring these types of services back on campus as students and families look to better understand the true cost of paying for college.
ADS Ventures worked with a U.S. based technology company that developed an innovative new platform that dramatically improves asset performance by providing real time data. The technology has applications in a range of areas including oil field services, pipeline integrity management, critical site security, border protection and transportation industries. With the Federal Government focused on several relevant issues including energy exploration and border security, our team identified numerous stakeholders within Congress and the Administration to increase the visibility of the company’s technology and capabilities. Outreach on behalf of the company included meetings and briefings with key Congressional and Federal Agency decision-makers, with the goal of helping the client leverage these high-level relationships into policy results and new business development opportunities.
ADS Ventures worked with a prominent ballistics manufacturer when an award for a major procurement contract was delayed by the Department of Defense. Following several unwarranted delays of the solicitation and a fair competition, the Department’s Inspector General further delayed the award for the contract due to an investigation of the process. ADS Ventures worked with the manufacturer to educate numerous Congressional offices along with the House and Senate Armed Services Committee. As a result of the outreach, several Congressional offices submitted official inquires and letters to the Department to ensure the IG audit was done in an efficient, timely and transparent manner. Once the audit was finalized, the contracting process proceeded; the manufacturer was awarded the program resulting in several hundred new manufacturer jobs and the advancement of better protection for our service men and woman.