5 Steps to successful advocacy

Every city has interesting stories to tell. Stories about the services, 解决方案, 和 partnerships provided to meet local needs 和 respond to unique city circumstances for efficient, cost-effective ___________ (parks, 水, police 和 fire protection … fill in the blank with any city service!).

By explaining the local impact of state 和 federal legislation, city officials can educate while they advocate for their city.

To successfully tell your city story, it’s important to create a culture of enhanced public engagement. This requires a focused effort to educate state 和 federal lawmakers, 媒体, 和 the public about the services, 解决方案, 和 partnerships found in your city.

Take these important steps:

  • Step 1: Stay informed. The League provides many resources to help you with this. Make sure to take advantage of these resources.
    Access League advocacy resources
  • Step 2: Educate while you advocate. Don’t assume that state 和 federal lawmakers underst和 the local impact of every bill. 联系 your state legislators 和 Congress members, 和 explain the local impact—both positive 和 negative—of state or federal legislation. Find contact information for your state legislators, 和 members of the U.S. 参议院House of Representatives.
  • Step 3: Relentlessly defend your city. Defend the ability of your city’s residents to identify local needs 和 解决方案 through your city’s duly-elected government structure.
  • Step 4: Continuously Build Relationships. Whether it be with your state lawmakers, federal legislators, local business community, or county 和 other regional groups, build coalitions 和 develop common interests with interested parties throughout the year for effective advocacy when it is needed the most.

View this video to learn more about using the L.E.G. process to communicate with legislators:

Navigate the state Capitol complex

What can you expect when advocating in St. Paul on behalf of Minnesota cities or simply visiting the Capitol complex? The League has lots of information to help you find your way around!