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Are you planting your grassroots? By Scott Jenkins, Senior Governmental Consultant According to the esteemed resources of all knowledge that could be cared about, Wikipedia, “A grassroots movement is one which uses the people in a given district, region, or community as the basis for a political or economic movement. Grassroots movements and organizations use collective action from the local level to effect change at the local, regional, national, or international level.” Does this sound like anything familiar to you? Well, it is exactly what the National Utility Contractors Association of Florida (NUCA FL) does. NUCA FL uses its greatest resource, its members, to affect positive change for our industry, our communities and our state’s economic climate. How do we use our members? Through our members’ relationships at the local, state and federal government levels, we are able to impact the policy decisions that affect you. Every one of your interactions with an elected official builds a relationship that can have influence on today’s and tomorrow’s issues. Your elected officials want to hear from their hometown folks because, after all, you are their constituents and you have the ability to affect other voters in their districts. How do we meet and get to know our elected officials? Many opportunities abound as outlined below. Congress: Go to town halls. This is a great way to learn where your representatives stand on the issues, how they talk about the issues, arguments they make to counter your viewpoint, places where their knowledge base may be thin and so on. It’s also a great place to meet their staff and engage in friendly conversations that can lead to important meetings in the future between you and the staff or the representative him or herself. MARCH 2020 • DITCHMEN 3