Making an impact through advocacy can be daunting.

As members of the Planners' Advocacy Network, you have special access to this suite of tools needed to make a lasting impression on Capitol Hill, and beyond:

Members-Only Webinars

Planning and the elections: A breakdown of Election results and look ahead to the 115th Congress

Stream our preview of planning-related issues likely to be addressed by President-elect Trump's administration, the 115th Congress and state legislatures in 2017. Get ideas for local advocacy in the Lame Duck and beyond.

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Preparing For State Legislative sessions: A look ahead on how to successfully advocate during state legislative sessions

Stream our look ahead on how to advocate for planning-related issues likely to be addressed in state legislative sessions in 2017. Learn how to conduct grassroots messaging, identify partners and allies, and how to target key legislators and committees.

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Network Resources

Legislative Action Center

Use this resource to connect directly with elected officials and follow the legislation important to planners:

Legislative Action Center

Tip: Get started by watching this quick video:

Planners' Communications Guide

Tips and techniques for creating, targeting, and reaching the media and target audiences:

Planners' Communications Guide

Advocacy Best Practices

Emailing Elected Officials

Use this guide to send emails that convey a clear and timely message to elected officials:

Emailing guide

Scheduling a visit

Use this step-by-step guide to schedule a meeting with your elected officials in Washington or in the district office:

Scheduling guide

Sample Scheduling Request

Use this template to request an in-person meeting with your elected official:

Sample Scheduling Request (doc)

Sample Thank-You Note

Use this template to write your own personalized thank yous to your elected officials:

Sample Thank-You Note (doc)

Planning a Site Visit

Use this check list to plan a site visit or tour for your elected officials:

Site visit checklist

Success Stories

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited the City of Wilson, North Carolina in 2016. Planners joined with local agencies and community groups to produce this briefing booklet highlighting the positive impact of federal programs and funding on planning and community development in Wilson.

HUD Briefing Book