Milissa Holland to join Southern Strategies Group

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Southern Strategies Group has added to its elite lobbying force with the welcoming of Milissa Holland to the squad. Holland, a six-year Flagler County Commissioner, will lead the Tallahassee office’s Local Government practice area, and will work with the Jacksonville team representing clients in Northeast Florida.

SSG opened in Florida’s capital in 1999 and has since grown to become the largest government relations group in the US with affiliated offices in 11 states and five offices in Florida, and more than 50 lobbyists who serve more than 300 clients nationwide.

“Increasingly not only private citizens but also local governments are finding they need lobbying representation within their regions and in Tallahassee so they can continue to flourish in a rapidly changing political landscape. Milissa is perfectly qualified to fill that need,” said Paul Bradshaw, the firm’s founder. “As a former local government official she understands firsthand the inner workings of cities and counties, and in the private sector she has proven she can be an effective advocate. We’re thrilled to have her as part of Southern Strategy Group’s team.”

Holland represented the Flagler commission on the Northeast Florida Regional Council where she served on legislative and economic development committees and played a prominent role in the Reality Check Project. She recently joined the Central Florida Water Initiative Solutions Planning Team, which works to establish consistent rules and regulations for three water management districts to develop strategies and meet collective goals.

Milissa will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida, where she is currently Vice Chair. Milissa also belongs to the Urban Land Institute, North Florida District, serving 34 counties.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.