Regional GR in NC
I’ll stick my neck out and pose two assertions this Friday morning:
- Advocacy is an essential chamber function, but many smaller chambers lack the professional staff horsepower to drive a robust government affairs program.
- 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