Lobbying 101: Advocating for Historic Preservation

By Forum Online posted 02-20-2013 16:13

capitolFact:  Lobbying is nothing more than simply being a strong voice for heritage resources in your community, a role preservationists play every day through every action undertaken to preserve historic resources.

Fact: The most fundamental part of lobbying is establishing positive long-term, working relationships with your legislators, laying the groundwork for taking specific action when the need or the opportunity arises.

Next week preservationists will make their way to Washington, D.C., to participate in Historic Preservation Advocacy Week—sponsored by Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers . During their time here preservationists will advocate for a variety of issues of importance to historic preservation—bringing local and national issues to the attention of legislators.

To help those of you participating in Advocacy Week, we’ve put together a series of pages on the Preservation Leadership Forum website that look at the fundamental strategies to a successful lobbying campaign. Lobbying 101 is adapted from Susan West Montgomery’s 2002 Blueprint for Lobbying (now out of print). Make sure you do your homework in advance of next week and review the essential information and tools necessary to making sure your issues are heard.

Check out Lobbying 101 today!

PS: Check back with us next week for a debrief on the week’s events!

Historic Advocacy Week is sponsored by Preservation Action and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Tax Credit Coalition, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.  Click here for more information.

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