Solicitation of Speakers

When searching for speakers, it is important to find trusted, well–respected experts and local leaders. When considering a moderator, the same criteria should apply. Try to find individuals who are not polarizing figures and will share an honest and unbiased view of the issues. Select a diverse panel with each person representing a unique expertise and perspective on infrastructure planning and investment. This may be achieved by selecting someone from a variety of infrastructure fields. The Task Force sub-categories will help focus this effort: The subcategories are:

  • Transportation
  • Technology and Telecommunications
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Energy
  • Public Facilities
  • Green Infrastructure

Invitations should be extended to local leaders, which may include:

  • U.S. Representatives
  • State Representatives
  • Mayors

When requesting speakers, send an e-mail or formal letter and contact them directly. Follow up with the potential speaker during or after speaking with them on the phone.  A sample speaker solicitation letter is provided in Exhibit E in the Appendix. The sample letter should be tailored to the speaker you are requesting and the specifics of your event. Language from the sample letter can be used for a variety of correspondence, such as follow–up e-mails or formal letters.

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