GIS 101: Engaging with Legislators with Shelby Johnson | May 3, 2023

At some stage in the life cycle of State GIS coordination there will come a need to engage with State Legislators. While Governors set goals, propose budgets, and plan policy, the Legislative body holds the purse string and passes state laws. In this episode of GIS 101, we’ll discuss some effective strategies to engage with Legislators. Becoming a more effective advocate requires advanced homework. The topic will include how to sharpen your focus, how to socially engineer access, things to do before a hearing, how to prepare for a hearing, and anticipate questions. This episode is primarily geared for State GIS leaders, however, some of these lessons could be applied at municipal and county government levels as well.

Speaker: Shelby Johnson, State of Arkansas

Date: May 3, 2023