Georgia Lobby was created as an answer to a need and a response to emerging technology.
Prior to 2003, State Lobbyists were chained to the Capitol year round. Lobbyists had to virtually live at the Capitol to get the information that they needed to be effective. Information was in paper form only and was only posted to physical bulletin boards at both ends of the Capitol. One for the House and one for the Senate. Some powerful committees had their own bulletin boards in front of their offices. Lobbyists had to rotate among these boards to get the information that they needed.
This was time-consuming, generally unproductive and expensive except for the information gleamed for the companies and clients that they represented.
Pamela Adams saw the amount of time that her lobbyist husband, Normer Adams, spent at the Capitol with unproductive, but the necessary work of “watching the bulletin boards”.
Her husband often said, “If someone could be here to watch these boards I would not need to be here.” Computers were just becoming the norm for everyone, yet in the early 90’s there was no way to communicate vast quantities of information from the Capitol to lobbyists. Things changed in 1995 when “smartphones” provided a way to send email to others from remote locations.
Pamela Adams heard the concerns of her husband and immediately saw the potential for a great service, not only to her lobbyist husband, but also to other lobbyists who needed this valuable information and could not be at the Capitol all day.
In 2003, Pamela Adams began Georgia Lobby with beta services that she offered free to lobbyist testing the concept over the entire legislative session. She and her staff sent real-time email notices to the lobbyist about meetings and legislation at the Capitol. Lobbyist immediately saw the importance and value of Georgia Lobby and the real-time information that it provided. Georgia Lobby was born.
In 2005, Georgia Lobby began a new service called Government Watch that did the same timely notices about State Departments and Agencies meetings. Half of all Legislation is regulation. Legislation is turned into regulation by the State Department and Agencies. Lobbyist previously had to either search the web or personally call agencies to find out about important meetings where these discussions were held. Georgia Lobby began a service where these meeting notices are sent to the lobbyist with important information related to times, locations and agendas of these meetings.
In 2006, Georgia Lobby added Bill Watch and Code Watch which tracked individual bills and keywords in Legislation.
In 2007, Georgia Lobby began a service to assist lobbyist in developing reports for their clients. It is called Client Watch reports. Lobbyists have found this to be an invaluable time-saving service in assisting developing reports.
Georgia Lobby over the years has continuously enhanced their services to lobbyists by adding new services, upgrading service, hiring additional staff and employing advancing technology in assistance to the lobbyist.
Georgia Lobby is the preeminent lobbyist support service in the State.
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