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Regional GR in NC

Ian Scott on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:21:47 am

I’ll stick my neck out and pose two assertions this Friday morning:

  1. Advocacy is an essential chamber function, but many smaller chambers lack the professional staff horsepower to drive a robust government affairs program.
  2. Whether in your state house or on Capitol Hill, there is strength in numbers – provided that members of the group are all on the same page.

Hopefully you’ve been nodding along so far so I don’t need to make a stronger argument for chambers joining together to forge a regional advocacy alliance.

Regional advocacy is an issue I like to talk about because it makes so much sense for so many chambers.  In fact, I wrote about this topic for the summer 2010 issue of ACCE’s Chamber Executive magazine – check out Joining Forces for Effective Advocacy.

Now I can add a new regional advocacy alliance to my growing list – Eastern North Carolina.  While they are still developing a legislative agenda, the seeds of government affairs cooperation have sprouted among chambers in a predominantly rural, 13 country region between Raleigh and the Outer Banks.

Read about the blossoming regional coalition in this article: Region's chambers setting legislative agenda

Learn more about the region and the alliance here:  http://www.nceast.org/ccncer  

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