ACCE's Government Relations Division e-newsletter

July 2015

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Joignez-vous à nous à Montréal!
Join us in Montréal!

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If you’re still debating whether to attend this year’s Annual Convention, here’s something to help you decide: our great line-up of policy-related content. You’ll network with peers and learn about a variety of topics relevant to government relations professionals. In particular, make sure your travel plans allow you to attend the GR division in-person meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Of course, we have speakers and content highlighting new tools and best practices that cover the gamut of chamber topics. Explore the full lineup here and consider joining us August 11-14 in beautiful Montréal. The Early Bird Registration deadline is July 15.

Pew Update

Identifying What Works in States: Step 1

Before they invest, prudent business owners carefully weigh the cost of a new opportunity against its likelihood of success. Return on investment is a concept we all understand. In state government, where the investments are taxpayer dollars, we should demand a similar mindset. Before spending to launch or expand a program or service, public officials need to know what programs and services they already fund and how effective they are at achieving desired results.

Too often those seemingly straightforward tasks – listing your programs and evaluating their effectiveness – are complex in state government. Too few government officials and elected lawmakers have the information they need to make informed investment decisions. Thankfully, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative can change that.

Program assessment is the foundation of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative’s framework for evidence-based policymaking. It’s an expert-guided process that state governments can use to collect vital program information and identify which of their currently-funded programs are “best bets” for taxpayers. A thorough program assessment is also the first step in building an evidence-based, outcomes-driven culture in state government with Results First.

Enlightened state leaders across the country are learning about Results First. To make positive changes, they’ll need support from knowledgeable stakeholders including the business community. This issue brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts walks readers through the three steps of an assessment process. It also highlights governments that have used the program assessment process, including Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, and Iowa.

To learn more about the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative call Ian Scott at: (703) 998-3530.

Upcoming Events

ACCE’s Annual Convention
August 11-14 2014
Make sure to plan your travel to attend the GR Division in-person meeting, currently scheduled for Wed., August 12 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

GR Division Monthly Roundtable Call
Thursday, August 27
2 p.m. ET
Mark your calendars for the monthly conference call of ACCE’s Government Relations Division. Here’s what you need to participate:
Phone: (760) 569-7171
Pin: 509-142-707

Join your peers for this best practice sharing roundtable conference call! This is an open participation roundtable conference call, not a seminar. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences, and build your professional network!

Featured Resources

Click the links below to explore a selection of valuable resources available on

*NEW* Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
This new page explores some of the issues surrounding the contentious Religious Freedom bills proposed around the country recently and includes links to samples from chambers that have taken positions on the matter.

Minimum Wage
Although many states and localities made decisions on minimum wage increases at the ballots last November, many more are still considering a hike for their communities. If your chamber is deciding on which side of the fence to sit, visit our Minimum Wage page for more resources as well as sample statements from other chambers.

Government Relations Events
Although they can take on many different forms, government relations events can be very useful for engaging your members in your policy work, educating the community and even raising funds. Check out these great examples of events your peers are hosting.

In the News

SC Chamber of Commerce, state government join forces to hold job fair for military veterans
On June 16, the state chamber in South Carolina teamed up with the state government and the Army’s Fort Jackson for an event. Military veterans could attend workshops on resume writing and interviewing, as well as other topics.

Americans are on the Move – Again
Americans are moving again as the recession fades, jobs open up, personal finances improve, baby boomers retire and millennials graduate. The population shift contributes to some big gains for some parts of the country, and losses for others.


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