City renews contract with D.C. lobbyist
Hanka Advisor played role in Eisenhower Bridge funding
By by Ken de la Bastide, The Herald Bulletin, January 2, 2018
ANDERSON, INDIANA — The city of Anderson has renewed a one-year contract with the lobbyist that represents the city in Washington, D.C., and was crucial in securing funding to replace the Eisenhower Bridge.
The Anderson Board of Public Works on Tuesday approved the contract with Hanka Advisor LLC. The contract — for $72,000 — is paid from the city’s share of food and beverage tax revenues.
The contract amount is the same paid to Hanka Advisor in 2016 and 2017.
Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. said William Hanka was instrumental in helping Madison County secure $13.5 million in federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant funds for the replacement of the Eisenhower Bridge.
In 2016, Hanka Advisor was hired by the Madison County Commissioners to work to refine the TIGER grant application that was funded that year.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Bill (Hanka),” County Engineer Chuck Leser said at the time the grant was awarded. “He was tireless in his efforts to get this project as the top priority for our congressional delegation and at the Department of Transportation. His knowledge of the ways of Washington, D.C., certainly helped us get this award.”
Hanka Advisor has represented the Flagship Enterprise Center since 2004.
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