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General session to focus on grassroots advocacy.

A nationally known grassroots productivity expert will lead a special general session on Sunday afternoon, March 13, during the Congressional City Conference to help rally the delegates to participate in City Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 15.

Amy Showalter, founder of the Showalter Group in Cincinnati, has worked with national organizations throughout the country to help shape successful grassroots lobbying efforts and train individuals to be effective lobbyists.

NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut said the addition of a general session focusing on grassroots advocacy skills is part of an ongoing organizational effort to build NLC's power and influence as a lobbying group.

"This is different from our usual general session, but it is essential to the success of this entire conference," Borut said. "We've planned other general sessions and workshops to ensure that our delegates are well informed about the lobbying priorities.

"This general session will ensure that delegates are well prepared and motivated to get the messages across effectively when they meet with their Congressional delegations," he said.

Showalter had experience as a legislative aide to Ohio Senate President Richard Finan and as a lobbyist for small businesses in Ohio before launching her consulting group.

All delegates to the Congressional City Conference will receive a City Lobby Day kit when they register, which provides background information about the six lobbying priorities and information about how to participate in City Lobby Day.

Before coming to Washington later this week, be sure to visit the Grassroots Action Center at the NLC website at www.nlc.org to get a preview of the Lobby Day Kit and to learn how to "localize and personalize" the issues to maximize the effectiveness of lobby day visits.
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Author:Becker, Christine
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Mar 7, 2005
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