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2013 Grassroots & Leadership Conference
AIA members came to Washington this March for the 2013 Grassroots Conference, and AIA Advocacy staff are continuing provide you with the tools you need to complete the follow up for your Hill visits. The Hill Day, in which AIA members met with their federal legislators to discuss the federal issues agenda, was held on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
The first thing Grassroots attendees should do when they return home is send their thank you emails to the Hill offices they held meetings with. Advocacy staff have made this easier for you by developing a sample thank you letter with options depending on whether you met with the member of Congress or congressional staff. Has the staffer sent you questions in the follow up that you are unsure how to answer? Here is a list of possible questions and how to answer them!
Advocacy staff conducted Grassroots briefings to go over the federal agenda in detail during the week of January 14 to prepare attendees for their Hill meetings. Attended Grassroots but missed the briefings? Catch up with the recording of one of the sessions.
It was the attending member’s responsibility to schedule his or her own meeting appointments. However, to make it easier to do so, Advocacy staff developed a draft scheduling request for members to use for scheduling their appointments with legislators’ offices. You can modify this draft scheduling request for use during lobby days at the state level.
Many of the resources that were used at the Conference are now available online. First, you can review the overview of the AIA federal agenda. The final talking points and member how-to guide are also now available for your to share with others at your component. The member how-to guide contains the talking points, a map of Capitol Hill, and tips for meeting with your legislators that can also be used when meetings scheduled in the district.
You can stay up to date with conference follow up by connecting with AIA Advocacy on social media! Even though Grassroots is over, we want you to participate with you thoughts, reactions, and photos. Post on the AIA Advocacy Facebook page and upload your conference photos to the AIA Advocacy Flickr group. Follow the latest conference updates through the AIA Advocacy Twitter and add your own thoughts by tweeting with #aiagr13. Don’t hesitate to use these channels to contact us with questions!
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