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State Advocacy Conferences give CUs vital platform to interact with lawmakers

We’re now in 2020, and credit unions have new opportunities to make an impact at both the state and national levels. Make plans to attend your state advocacy conference to personally impact lawmakers and their perspectives on credit unions. The tri-state conferences begin with the Georgia State Governmental Affairs Conference on Jan 28. The Florida State Advocacy Conference will be held Feb. 11-12, followed by the Alabama State Advocacy Conference on March 3-4.

“It’s important for credit unions to work together at the state level to meet with lawmakers and their staff,” said Jared Ross, LSCU’s executive vice president, advocacy. “While the League keeps a constant presence with elected officials, hearing from their constituents always makes a difference. Credit unions need to be the ones telling the true credit union story and setting the stage for positive change.”

These conferences are filled with valuable advocacy and regulatory information with opportunities for anyone at your credit union — not just the CEO — interested in learning more about advocacy and building relationships with lawmakers. The advocacy events include planned activities with state lawmakers as well as important speakers discussing the current political landscape and an opportunity for credit unions to network with key policy makers.

Last year, Brent Lister, CEO of First Florida Credit Union, affirmed the importance of attending the state conference: “The state advocacy conference is one of the most important events of the year for Florida credit unions, and one I’m not willing to miss. As leaders in our industry, it is incumbent upon us to show up in Tallahassee and share our story on behalf of the members we serve. Grassroots efforts are the key to our legislative success, and the advocacy conference is a great way spread our message on a larger scale while building lasting relationships with policymakers.”

The Georgia Advocacy Conference will take place in the James H. Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta on Jan. 28, 2020. For details, click here. Contact Marie Bedgood at to register.

The Florida Advocacy Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tallahassee, Feb. 11-12. Click here to register.

The Alabama Advocacy Conference will take place in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel, March 3-4. Click here to register.

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