Issues & AdvocacyState Government Network
The State Government Network (SGN) was established in 1991 to give state components resources and materials necessary to advocate effectively within state government and to encourage communication between components. SGN is made up of 150 Chapter presidents, legislative affairs chairs, contract lobbyists, AIA members and chapter staff – designated by their respective state chapters – who have an interest in government advocacy.
At SGN meetings – generally held before the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference– members have the opportunity to learn best practices from their counterparts in other jurisdictions, AIA National staff, and from outside presenters regarding a wide range of issues affecting the architects businesses and our communities:
In addition, during recent conferences SGN members have received tips on how to:
- lobby their state legislatures and legislators more effectively;
- establish and promote state political action committees (PACs); and
- work with social networking tools (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) within an advocacy context.
These “nuts-and-bolts” sessions are designed to give SGN members the tools they need to make their AIA advocacy effort a successful endeavor.
In addition to meeting, SGN provides opportunities for members to get together monthly on an Open Calls. These webinar topics include issues such as procurement, stock school plans, meeting the newly elected legislators and more.
Also, members have access to an SGN-specific listserv and Twitter feed. The listserv gives members an opportunity to discuss topics related to state government advocacy between meetings, while the Twitter feed offers members quick access to AIA and other news and affords “followers” the opportunity to pass that news along to the larger community.
Finally, members are asked to respond to periodic advocacy surveys, which also foster communication among components. By sharing legislative and regulatory successes – and, equally as important, defeats – members learn through shared communication and experiences. By understanding what works and what does not, each component’s advocacy efforts are enhanced.
SGN Sharepoint site (SGN Members Only, Log-In Required)
SGN Roster & Contact Information (One per State)
For more information, e-mail GovAffs@aia.org or call (800) AIA-3837.
Updated: May 2012