Lobbying firms Floridian Partners and Josko Public Affairs form strategic alliance

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Floridian Partners, one of Florida’s leading statewide government affairs and lobbying firms, is joining with Tampa-based Josko Public Affairs + Communications, to provide expanded government relations and public affairs services, focusing on Central and Southwest Florida.

Founded in 1999, Josko Public Affairs is headed by Todd Josko, a former campaign consultant with the Republican Party of Florida who served as the Florida West Coast field director for Jeb Bush’s campaign and as a legislative assistant in the Florida House.

“Todd brings a wealth of experience in successfully resolving government relations and public affairs challenges all along the west coast of Florida,” said Charlie Dudley, managing partner of Floridian Partners.  “His expertise in growth-oriented industries and sectors including commercial real estate, economic development and water quality policy, will strengthen our ability to address critical public policy issues affecting our clients.

“Adding Todd to our regional team, led by Ana Cruz, enhances our competitive edge for our clients and creates significant new opportunities to expand our service offerings.”

Local elected officials from both sides of Tampa Bay have already begun to weigh in on news of the collaboration.

“Todd Josko and Ana Cruz are two of the Tampa Bay region’s top public affairs consultants, and I congratulate them and the entire Floridian Partners team on this partnership,” said incoming Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni.

“I have known and worked with Todd Josko for two decades,” added Hillsborough County Commission incoming Vice Chair Al Higginbotham. “He has always worked diligently and been a man of his word. There is no doubt he will continue a path of integrity and success in this new endeavor.”

“Floridian Partners is recognized across Florida and the nation as one of the premier government affairs and lobbying firms, whose team members are considered top experts in their profession,” Josko said.  “I’m honored to be associated with such talented professionals and am looking forward to this exciting collaboration.”

Floridian Partners has a statewide executive, legislative and municipal government affairs practice with offices in Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. Recognized by policy makers and peers as one of the top corporate and public affairs consulting and lobbying firms in Florida, they specialize in developing and managing effective government, corporate and public affairs strategies.

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