New web site resource benefits APWA members
Government Relations Coordinator
APWA Washington, D.C. office
The Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate and gain access to information. Communication has become as simple as sending an e-mail. Information once difficult to find can be located instantly by using keywords.
Congress has taken notice of the role that the Internet plays in communicating with constituents. E-mail has created an instant way to communicate with legislators on issues where time is of the essence. In an effort to assist APWA members convey their views to Congress, APWA has added a new advocacy resource and tool to the government affairs page of APWA's new web site-the "APWA Legislative Action Center"-that makes communication with Congress as easy as the click of a mouse. The Legislative Action Center has four main features, including:
Communicating with Congress via e-mail can be an effective way to get an issue heard by your Congressman or Senator. Like any correspondence, an e-mail needs to follow the same format as a well crafted letter. E-mails need to be personal, thoughtful, and tell an interesting story. The e-mail needs to stand apart from others. Personal stories are the best way to convey to members of Congress how a constituent was affected by the issue. The issue is likely to affect other constituents in the district. One well-delivered message counts more than 1000 postcards. There is such a thing as quality e-mail, so make sure your message is one that counts.
Access to the APWA Legislative Action Center is password protected and will require use of your APWA issued password and username (member id number and last name). The Legislative Action Center is available at http://www.apwa.net/GovtAffairs/. Click on Legislative Action Center on the left margin. An introductory letter outlining the need for Congress to place priority on addressing the needs of our nation's public infrastructure is currently posted on the site. All members are encouraged to take advantage of this new tool by sending letters to your members of Congress. As a reminder, all APWA members should be sure to follow employer policies on contacting and communicating with elected officials, and be sure to coordinate activities with others in your organization who have responsibility for intergovernmental/government relations activities.
Feedback on the new APWA Legislative Action Center should be directed to Heather McTavish in the APWA office in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-408-9541.