2019 Planner's Day at the Capitol

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APA-Wisconsin's First Annual Planner's Day at the Capitol

Due to last week’s winter storm, Planner’s Day at the Capitol was postponed until Tuesday, February 26th.  We still have spots available for the breakfast briefing, so if you’re interested in attending, just send Drew an email  (penningtond@beloitwi.gov)and start scheduling your legislative meetings!  Details will  be provided to those who register. 


Registration is still open for our inaugural Planner’s Day at the Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, F̶e̶b̶r̶u̶a̶r̶y̶ ̶1̶2̶t̶h̶  February 26, 2019 (note: date changed due to inclement weather).  This is an opportunity to network and learn more about APA-WI’s legislative priorities, followed by small group meetings with elected officials and/or their staffers. The event is open to all APA-WI Members, and we have still have availability for up to 10 more attendees

The day will begin with a complimentary breakfast briefing at 9 AM at The Madison Concourse Hotel (1 W. Dayton Street).  Our briefing will end by 10:30 AM, and we’ll walk to the Capitol for a group photo on the steps (weather permitting) before heading to our pre-arranged meetings with Legislators and/or staff.  This event is free, although attendees will need to pay for their own parking if driving to this event.  The rate at the Concourse is $1.50 per hour.

In order to attend this event please:

1.    RSVP by emailing Chapter VP for Legislative Affairs, Drew Pennington (penningtond@beloitwi.gov).

2.    Schedule at least two separate meetings with Representatives or Senators who represent your home address and/or the community in which you work between 11:00 AM and 3 PM on February 26th. Use the “Who Are My Legislators” search feature at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ in order to find contact information.  If you have any trouble with this, please let Drew know and he will try to assist.  These meetings will likely be 15-30 minutes in duration. If you are open to meeting as a team with other planners in the same district, feel free to mention that when you email each legislator’s staff and they may choose to combine meetings. Note that attendees will not be obligated to advocate for or against a specific bill or policy.  Many planners will be engaging in a meet-and-greet with their legislators in order to share what they do and how local planners can be a resource when legislators are considering planning-related legislation. 


This is a great opportunity to be an advocate for planners and your district! We thank you in advance for your advocacy!  Our overall goal for this event is to open the lines of communication between legislators and planners, and to pivot from a defensive legislative posture to one of advocacy and engagement.


Want more information about planning related policy and advocacy issues? Read Drew's Legislative Alerts to Chapter Members and Brian Ohm's write ups on Case Law Updates and New Legislation in the state.