2013 NCSL Legislative Summit LogoLegislator Tested, Legislator Approved Workshop
Practical Advice to Connect with your Constituents
Preliminary Agenda (As of August 6, 2013)
Sponsored by the Legislative Effectiveness Committee

NCSL Legislative Summit
Georgia World Congress Center • Atlanta, Ga. • Aug. 13, 2013  Noon-4:45 p.m.

Come to this workshop to learn how to lead productive discussions with your constituents, target key groups to help you make policy decisions, use technology to reach more people and find partners to help you in your outreach work.  The trainers will share their best practices and help you create an action plan to help you connect with your constituents.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Learning and Networking Lunch

Meet with colleagues from other state legislatures to discuss different methods and strategies used to connect with constituents. An overview of this workshop will be provided, including information about NCSL’s partnership with the Kettering Foundation on constituent engagement.
Facilitator: Angela Andrews, NCSL

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Running Your Own District Dialogue

Are you interested in convening a constituent meeting, but not quite sure where to begin? Participate in former State Representative Ted Celeste’s (OH) “district dialogue” meeting and learn how to organize a meeting that produces constructive constituent conversations.  
Facilitator: Former Representative Ted Celeste, Ohio

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:15 p.m.

Using Technology to Reach Your Constituents

Technology enables legislators to engage constituents in diverse settings. Discover how tele-town halls are used by legislators to create meaningful conversations a large number of constituents. 

Presenters: Melinda McCrady, Policy and Communications Director, Washington
Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

3:15-4 p.m.

Finding Partners for Your Work 

Hear from legislators that effectively use partners to support their constituent engagement efforts. From local chambers of commerce to community volunteers, these key partners can play an important role in a legislator’s outreach work.
Moderator: Angela Andrews, NCSL
Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming
Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Hawaii
Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts

4-4:45 p.m.

Creating a Constituent Action Plan

You’ve learned about multiple ways to connect with your constituents. Now’s your opportunity to create a constituent engagement action plan that suits your strengths and interests.
Bruce Feustel, NCSL
Senator Elaine Bowers, Kansas