NADO Grassroots Guide

The NADO publication, “All Politics Is Local: A Guide to Grassroots Action” features sections on communicating with members of Congress, using the media to influence policy and understanding the different roles of congressional staff. It highlights key points in the legislative process, contains sample advocacy materials and offers links to useful Internet resources. A self-assessment tool is also included to help advocates evaluate their congressional relationships and knowledge of the federal legislative process.

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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