Hard Count, Inc was one of the first firms in Texas to focus specifically on grass-tops activation as a source of influence on the legislative process. Since 1994 we have cultivated thousands of direct contacts that have assisted many legislative and regulatory efforts ; and have ultimately played a role in the success of many key issues such as electricity deregulation, telecommunications issues, health care and health insurance issues and environmental issues just to name a few. Hard Count has also played a role in numerous contract awards including a Veterans Nursing home in 1997, and numerous Transportation awards and main street renovations. In today's' increasingly complex legislative environment in which the margin between victory and defeat is normally razor thin - the ability to communicate your position to decision-makers through individuals whom the decision-maker knows and trusts can be an invaluable resource to develop the majority necessary to win on any issue. Hard Count is an innovative company which offers assistance in representing your interests before Congress, State Legislative Bodies, Federal and State regulatory agencies, City/County governmental bodies, the media and the general public. Hard Count provides you with a state-of-the-art fully computerized grass-tops, grass-roots, public relations organization. This organization offers a full range of services including the experience of more than 35 years in public relations / governmental affairs / legislative experience. The experience of the staff includes: grasstops and grassroots organizing, legislative monitoring, legislative staff experience, numerous capacities within many State Agencies, issue development experience, State contract awards, Federal contract awards, city and county political analysis, assessment and recommendation of governmental assistance resources, re-districting, media relations and more than 50 years of political campaign experience. Hard Count will provide you with a dimension that is likely missing from your business, community, lobby team or initiative - it will provide you with a formidable public relations / governmental affairs tool which will deliver your message directly to decision-makers utilizing the conduit of key influentials from within the officials' community, district, political party or business. It has become increasingly difficult to compete and succeed in today's complex legislative, regulatory environment. However you can now access another tactical weapon which will assist in solidifying a winning hard count for the issues, contracts and/or clients that you or your entity are promoting at the Local, State or Federal level. Hard Count would like to become the component that helps you realize your Governmental Affairs objectives.