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City poised to extend pact with lobbyist

Lobbyists sometimes get a bad rap for the legislative influence they wield, but Mount Airy officials are expected to continue their relationship with one who has produced tangible results for the city on the state level.

Bryan Holloway, who heads The Holloway Group Inc., is a former member of the N.C. House of Representatives whose district included Stokes County.

City officials first engaged Holloway’s services in 2018 and have extended their contract with him since, believing that his knowledge and contacts in Raleigh benefit the city in terms of state budgetary allocations and grants for local projects.

That indeed has occurred, City Manager Stan Farmer pointed out ahead of The Holloway Group’s contract being up for renewal during a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners scheduled today at 6 p.m.

According to a breakdown from Farmer, its work with the N.C. General Assembly, and the local legislative delegation, led to the securing of:

• Funding of $2 million for a conference center project on the former Spencer’s textile mill property owned by the municipality;

• Another $2.5 million for city water/sewer projects;

• $625,000 for Ararat River restoration.

In addition to those achievements, Holloway’s firm assisted Mount Airy in changing its election cycle from odd to even years.

“The Holloway Group is extremely professional and great to work with,” the city manager stated in a memo to Mayor Jon Cawley and the commissioners in which he recommends maintaining the lobbying contract.

Holloway’s contract was last extended for a two-year period in August 2021.

The proposal that will be voted on tonight by the board would lengthen that by another two years, through July 31, 2025.

It calls for The Holloway Group to be paid a fee of $3,000 per month, or $36,000 a year, for its services, which is unchanged from the 2018 pact.

There are provisions in the agreement which would allow it to be revised at any time during the contract period or terminated by either party with 30 days’ written notice.

A Republican and former social studies teacher, Holloway was elected as a state representative for District 91 in 2004 and resigned in October 2015 to take a lobbyist position with the North Carolina School Boards Association.

Along with the city of Mount Airy, his client list has included the Professional Educators of North Carolina, North Carolina Ag Teachers Association, The Resource Institute and the National Association of Opticians and Optometrists, among others.

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