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NREDA How to Lobby Your Legislators Guide!
The NREDA Legislative/Government Affairs Committee is happy to provide NREDA Members with this user-friendly, how-to guide entitled, How to Lobby Your Legislators. The Committee has taken what can be an intimidating process and broken it down for you step by step. We hope you find it a useful tool.
Dana Baker, COO
2013 NREDA President
As Rural goes, so goes the Nation.
Renew your Communication
alliance partner NADO (The National Association of Development Organizations) held a regulatory and legislative meeting in Washington,
DC on March 11th -13th. This was my first time to meet and see the
new Executive Director, Joe McKinney (email@example.com), I really
enjoyed the focus and vitality of the NADO meeting and staff. What is becoming a common thread with us and
our alliance partners is the awareness that rural development will and is taking
a back seat to urban development. Some of it is our fault for not fully using
the federal and state programs that are available. As NREDA members, we need to
evaluate rural initiatives from all stakeholders. There are many public and private
stakeholders that we need to support as well as ask for similar treatment from
them. For example, during the NADO meeting the USDA and other government
agencies expressed the need for our support for their many programs and
initiatives. The USDA's investments in the advancement of rural development in
recent years has led to the improvement of many rural communities. The Rural
Development Progress Report released by the USDA provides a look back at 2012
Rural Development, and can serve as inspiration for the future.
the meeting in Washington, one of the NADO initiatives on the agenda while visiting
with our representatives was to declare support for the Farm Bill, an important
piece of legislation before congress with directly effects rural communities
and development. Recently, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, addressed the 2013
National Farmers Union 111th. In her remarks she also stated the
importance of agriculture and farming development, which shares common threads
of rural community support. While NREDA
leaves policy issues to our alliance partners such as NADO, we need to share in
the communication and relationship efforts.
NREDA website offers many resources to help you communicate with government
officials and other development organizations. Here are a
few things to remember as you review your current policy on communication or
relations with public policy makers and rural stakeholders.
When was the last time you told them "Thank You"? All politics are
local, and it would be very beneficial to develop relations with your State and
Federal representatives and staff.
Become the go to person BACK HOME for an array of communication projects
promoting yourself and your representative. Examples of this would be conducting
project tours for your representative and the media, invite them for ribbon
cuttings, openings, or sponsor events for them to speak.
Consider creating a video to share, a five minute video within a fifteen minute
interactive discussion painting the picture of what your community is about and
needs. This works much better than papers
THE ISSUES OF "AGING" IS ONE OF THIER TOP CONCERNS. Build
your message with links to the aging of your community and the issues it
creates. Are there programs for youth retention or recruiting in your
community? If not how can you along with your representative begin to address
In order to build better communication with your government officials or
stakeholders you must make a MINIMUM of 5 contacts per year per with you representative
or their staff. Go early and stay late to all meetings, make simple contact (Handshake
& Thank you) Representatives staff have two jobs, helping their congressman
and helping their district members), Thank them and be the one they go to.
is very important to stay out of politics but stay in a continual "Thank
You / Appreciation" mode, you will become recognized in your field by each
representative and their staff because you are creating special events around
them which benefits everyone.
consider reviewing your communication and relations programs and help us
strengthen our rural communities, the aging members, and your current
initiatives with the increased use of two words "Thank You", they can
go a long way.
2013 NREDA President
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