EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve a three- year renewal agreement between the County of Imperial and Townsend Public Affairs (TPA). Based in Sacramento, the public affairs agency provides professional state legislative advocacy services for the county. TPA initially entered into the agreement with the county on February 5, 2015 for a one-year period.
â€œTPA has performed well during its first year representing our County in Sacramento,â€ said Gary Wyatt, director of Intergovernmental Relations.
For the past year, TPA has kept Imperial County abreast of legislative matters that affect various county functions and departments in addition to monitoring numerous sources of impacts, such as regulatory agencies, special committee work and Salton Sea matters.
According to Wyatt, having TPA on board to help and represent the county in Sacramento grows more important every year since Imperial County’s interaction with the state government agencies continues to increase.
Additionally, Wyatt said having capable people in Sacramento to monitor activities and actions as well as serve as an active advocate on the countyâ€™s behalf is important for Imperial Valley citizens.
â€œIt sounds like Townsend Public Affairs has been doing a great job. I definitely support the three-year contract,â€ said Michael Kelley, District 3 Supervisor.