Groups and their members are policymakers and lobbyists. They are hubs of communication among state and local government officials. Their actions and policies transcend district lines. They provide governors, attorneys general, legislators, regulators and other state and local officials with multiple national forums to exchange policy ideas, share best practices and even fundraise.
It is a rare national initiative today that advances without the direct involvement of these Groups. In a climate of tight budgets, stalled federal action and unprecedented partisan tension, state and local officials’ Groups are shaping policy more than ever before.
As government affairs professionals, we know that engaging these Groups that can serve a variety of valuable purposes for our programs. Their meetings can represent opportunities to educate and motivate policymakers. And there are no more economical ways to access hundreds of state and local officials all across the country.
The alphabet soup of state and local Groups can be a bit disorienting. And, even the most experienced professional may be unfamiliar with all the Groups important to their organization. How does one know how to select and engage with the right Groups? And since membership in many of these Groups is limited to state and local officials, being knowledgeable about how to access the Groups through their foundations, corporate roundtables, partnership or in-kind contribution is critical.
Many are uncertain about how to take the first step into the Groups arena. We can help you take that first step and navigate you and your resources.
The Stateside Approach to Groups
The first step to a successful Groups program is asking the right questions:
Which Groups should I join? Which meetings should I attend? How much money should I spend? What can I accomplish at a meeting? Am I meeting with the right people? How do I influence the Group’s policies and consideration of issues? How do I map my participation back to my Issue Management program?
We have been answering these and other questions for corporate, trade association and federal government clients since 1988 and helping them plan and manage their Groups engagement. No other firm has the experience, expertise and relationships necessary to successfully engage state and local officials Groups.
We provide our clients with a wide range of services to leverage more value from their Groups participation, including:
- Representing our clients at meetings
- Adding expert bandwidth to their program and ensuring proper execution of Groups’ engagement efforts
- Identifying the right people to meet and building productive, sustainable relationships
- Arranging meetings and special briefings with officials and facilitating follow-up
- Developing Strategic Plans that ensure a return on investment
- Continuously monitoring Groups activities
We are at our clients’ side during any Groups engagement, directly participating in the meetings and forums, performing the critical in-between meeting work with Groups’ leadership and staff, providing clients with access to our wealth of relationships and contributing additional professional bandwidth to their programs to help them succeed and achieve their Groups objectives.
Let us answer your questions about engaging state and local officials Groups.
To find out how Stateside can maximize your Groups engagement, contact Michael Behm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 525-7466.
Defeated Model State Legislation Potentially Damaging to Client
Creation of an Executive Committee Task Force at the National Conference of State Legislatures to Address Sustainability Issues
Stateside’s work with the Task Force has helped to improve working relationships with state legislators and to increase awareness about federal facility sustainability challenges both caused by the federal facilities and by growing urban encroachment around these facilities.
Grasstops Support for Federal Legislation
Leveraging Local Groups to Increase Public Sector Sales Opportunities
To assist a client in expanding gross payments volume and market share by expanding into the state and local government space, Stateside developed a plan, leveraged state official organizations to develop relationships and facilitated meetings with officials, developed an outreach plan and managed ongoing follow-up.
Addressed Docket Item Damaging to an Association Client’s Industry and Members
To defeat a Council of State Governments’ Shared State Legislation (SSL) Committee docket item damaging to a client’s industry and members, Stateside managed all communication with SSL committee members, researched and developed arguments and participated in the meeting on behalf of the client.
Accelerating State Professional Licensure Processes For Qualified Separated Service Members To Put Veterans To Work
To accelerate state professional licensure processes for qualified veterans, Stateside worked closely with the Department of Defense (DoD) and White House to develop a comprehensive engagement and communcations plan to raise awareness, worked closely with state departments of professional regulation to raise awareness and improve partnering between the states and the military, leveraged state and local officials Groups to begin educating legislators, officials and staff about the effort, and provided DoD with counsel about directing engaging state legislative efforts.