State Government Affairs
In-person or Remote? Five Tips to Help You Prepare for the Fall Conference Season.
October 7, 2021 | Rob Shrum
Fall is here and with it comes the end-of-year “groups” conference season. The groups provide opportunities for businesses and other organizations to engage with policymakers on priority issues and, more importantly, develop relationships with key state leaders without having to travel to every state in the country. Some groups even have the ability to set policy precedents that individual states often follow with their own legislative efforts. While there are some aspects of these events that are “back to normal,” the COVID-19 pandemic still significantly impacts these gatherings, and there are some important things to consider when preparing to participate. Some level of COVID-19 precautions, venue flexibility, dress code changes, and extra mindfulness of attendees’ health and safety needs will be standing issues to be aware of for events through the remainder of 2021, and likely beyond. Adjusting to these expectations and participating in these events is vital for government affairs professionals and policymakers alike.