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Dear Supporter,

I hope this finds you well. I wanted to give you an update on developments and PPI and invite you to share your ideas later this week for future projects on energy, the environment, and the economy.

We’ve had an excellent year, including prominent reports and well-attended events in Washington DC on building an infrastructure bank, expanding the Pentagon’s efforts on energy performance, and proposing new high-speed rail plans. You can check out our full range of projects at http://www.progressivefix.com/e3-initiative.

As many of you know, over the last year I have been involved in launching a law firm and strategic counseling practice called the Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC [www.madisonpllc.com].

I will remain a Senior Fellow at PPI, involved in energy and security work, but PPI has recently made the excellent decision to bring on Scott Thomasson as new full-time domestic policy director. Scott will be directly managing PPI’s energy and  environment portfolio, among others.  Scott brings spectacular experience to PPI, having worked on policy issues in both the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Scott served as Legislative Counsel to the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) and previously as professional staff with the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also worked as an attorney for top-tier law firms in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, where his practice focused on energy regulation issues and development of energy infrastructure projects.

You can reach Scott at sthomasson@ppionline.org.

We will be holding a short conference call this Friday morning, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. to introduce you to Scott and discuss projects that PPI can work on, with your help, for this fall and winter. I have already heard from several of you who have exciting ideas on projects ranging from regulatory reform to nuclear waste, and we are eager to get more of your ideas and to discuss collaborations. The call should take no more than 30 minutes. Please RSVP to me at msigner@ppionline.org and I will send you the conference call details.

Best regards, 

Mike Signer
Senior Fellow
Progressive Policy Institute

Enriching the Progressive Debate

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