Small & Mid-Size Utility Workgroup Discusses Tips for Local Advocacy

Advocacy_001_reszd(April 2, 2019) - NACWA’s Small & Mid-Size Utility Workgroup met on March 20th to discuss advocacy and strategies for building effective relationships with legislators.

Tim Haskell, Superintendent of the York Sanitary District in Maine shared his experiences building coalitions and engaging utility partners in educating the Maine legislator on the need for infrastructure funding- an effort that resulted in a $30 million state bond.  NACWA legislative directors Kristina Surfus and Jason Isakovic also shared their experience building effectively building relationships with both legislators and legislative staff.

The NACWA team also referenced the Association’s Congressional Toolbox resources and reinforced their availability to support members in connecting with their Representatives and key legislative staff.

In addition to a very productive and informative conversation on advocacy, the Workgroup was pleased to have two representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency kick off the call with a presentation on a new opportunity being offered by Headquarters specifically for small and mid-size utilities regarding the use of sustainability criteria for water infrastructure decision making.

Membership in NACWA’s Small & Mid-Size Utility Workgroup is limited to utilities with a service area population under 75,000. Should you wish to join the Workgroup, receive information on the EPA presentation or learn more about the Workgroup’s quarterly calls, please contact Kelly Brocato, NACWA’s Senior Director of Membership.