What To Do if the Mayor Says "NO" - Tips for Building Relationships with Public Officials
Date: June 26, 2013
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Instructors: Phil Shephard, Sean Robertson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Partnerships with government are a great opportunity for land trusts to expand their reach -- but what do you do when the mayor says NO? Hear how Alaska’s Great Land Trust used economic analysis and a grassroots campaign to convince a reluctant Mayor of Anchorage to accept the donation of a 60-acre coastal park. Their relationship building strategies included a grassroots campaign, social media, tours of the site, lobbying via donors, board members and mutual friends, economic benefit analysis, support from partner agencies, and additional funding to sweeten the deal. This campaign generated unexpected partnerships and raised the organization’s profile in ways that will forever change the way they work. Would you believe Alaska’s Republican and Democratic Senators teamed up to host a fundraiser – for the land trust? Or that an Oregon Senator and the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service flew up to see their project? Learn how your organization can follow in the footsteps of this remarkable success story.