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02 Jan

Clearwater Group, LLC Announce New Partner Michael Goode

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Partnership Will Strengthen Service Offerings Throughout MS

Jackson, MS – The Clearwater Group, LLC is pleased to announce that Michael Goode will be joining the firm as a full partner in mid-January.  Goode will work to expand the public policy and local government consulting services offered by the Mississippi based public affairs and government relations firm.

“We are very excited to add such a talented person as a partner to our firm,” said Austin Barbour, managing partner at the Clearwater Group. “Michael’s extensive work in Mississippi throughout the last twenty-five years in the political, government and banking sectors have allowed him to build a base of personal relationships rivaled by few in our business.”

Goode has spent the last decade working in the public finance division of Raymond James and Morgan Keegan.  Previously, he worked as a Senior Advisor in the state of Mississippi’s Treasurer’s office under then state Treasurer Tate Reeves.  Goode spent time at the Mississippi Republican Party, worked on several congressional staffs in Washington and has served as a political advisor to a number of statewide, congressional and legislative candidates.

“I look forward to working with Arnie and Austin to expand the services they’ve offered their clients since 2011,” stated Goode.  “This is a great opportunity to help businesses in our state grow as well as to work with local governments and others on the many complicated issues they deal with on a daily basis.”


The addition of Goode will not only allow the Clearwater Group to expand services in Mississippi, but also work to build on its strategic partnerships in other states beyond the current ones in Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.

About the Clearwater Group

The Clearwater Group, LLC is a full-service consulting firm led by partners Arnie Hederman and Austin Barbour.  CWG specializes in federal, state, and local government relations, fundraising, public affairs, business development, crisis management and grassroots advocacy, headquartered in Jackson, MS. Current clients represent a wide range of businesses from gaming and financial services to transportation 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.


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28 Nov

Arnie Hederman Listed in Top 50 Most Influential for Mississippi

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During his time as chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, Arnie Hederman saw the Mississippi Legislature gain a GOP majority for the first time in 140 years while also gaining control of 7 of the 8 statewide offices. His time with the campaigns of former Gov. Haley Barbour and presidential nominee Bob Dole helped Arnie gain valuable experience which he turned into a positive for the Republican Party in 2011.

Today, Hederman works as a partner in the Clearwater Group focused on government affairs, lobbying, political consulting and more. He can be found around the Capitol pushing legislation each spring.

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09 Dec

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.

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09 Dec

Clearwater Group, LLC and First Tuesday Strategies Announce Strategic Alliance

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Partnership Will Expand Service Offerings Across MS and SC

Jackson, MS – The Clearwater Group, LLC is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with First Tuesday Strategies (FTS).  FTS is a full-service public relations, public opinion, and public affairs firm based in Columbia, South Carolina.

First Tuesday Strategies, led by partners Warren Tompkins and Luke Byars, specializes in grassroots advocacy, corporate development and public affairs.  The firm has extensive experience in these and other fields.

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