"Basically, they've opened the door for us to sit with legislators and heads of different departments," said Commissioner Chairman Tony Amadio in regard to the county hiring Buchanan. "It's very, very helpful."
As noted, Buchanan was hired in May 2009 to lobby in the state capital for federal stimulus money. "At the time, Amadio said the firm would navigate through the state bureaucracy to secure stimulus money and, potentially, grants for the county," explained the article.
The article went on to note, "A year later, Amadio said the lobbyists have provided county officials with unprecedented access to decision-makers in Harrisburg. As an example, Amadio pointed to a meeting commissioners got with state Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, the House Appropriations Committee majority chairman."
"I've never gotten into that level (of government) until we got the firm," he said.
Commissioner Charlie Camp weighed in saying Buchanan has also been helpful in the long-planned Veterans Memorial Bridge project and is adept at "breezing through the regulatory agencies."