What to Expect: Idaho GAC
January 17, 2017
Though the Idaho legislative season is underway, credit union advocates have been laying the groundwork for collective action for some time. And with the Strategic Management Alliance between the Idaho Credit Union League and your Association also underway, advocacy has taken renewed focus in January. For credit union advocates, this first month of session will culminate with the Idaho Government Affairs Conference.
Whether you are a first time attendee or a seasoned advocate, the Idaho GAC will offer you a chance to connect with colleagues and legislators to influence tangible policy, build relationships, and get a sense of how NWCUA brings credit unions’ collective voice together.
“Advocates and NWCUA staff meet with legislators and regulators on a regular basis individually, or during testimony, but events like these give us a chance to bring everyone together,” added Samantha Beeler, Director of Grassroots Advocacy. “It’s a powerful event.”
The day will begin with a high-energy welcome from NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang, who will share a broad advocacy outlook, and a welcome by Lt. Governor Brad Little. SVP of Advocacy Jennifer Wagner will dive deeper into the 2017 and Beyond legislative agenda, how it is developed, and how credit unions can engage in the process.
From there, Beeler will bring attendees together for a full advocacy training. What kinds of grassroots programs or opportunities should you leverage to get in front of the right stakeholders? How do you best deliver your message?
“Everyone there is already a credit union advocate,” Beeler added. “The training is just about helping you become the best advocate—ensuring you are prepared and confident.”
Once attendees are armed and ready, they will lunch and meet with Idaho legislators before hearing key economic updates from a guest speaker before heading to the Capitol for meetings with lawmakers. The day will conclude with a reception in the Capitol, but Beeler was quick to add that advocacy doesn’t end when the day does.
“It’s an ongoing process. The day is about showing Idaho credit unions in full force, but it’s important to keep that conversation going,” Beeler said. NWCUA will equip you to “send your legislator a ‘thank you’ note, tweet your appreciation, or call their office to stay connected and keep building that influence.”
To find out more, or ensure your credit union will be represented, contact Samantha Beeler directly.