In-District Activities Critical to Your Success
- In District Advocacy Toolkit [download PDF]:
In this advocacy toolkit, you will learn:
- Why in-district advocacy is critical to your success
- Easy ways you can take action, whether you have 1 minute, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or more
- How to share your efforts and build momentum with fellow Coalition members
Congressional Recesses provide New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) advocates and practitioners with the perfect opportunity to engage with legislators and Congress is about to embark on what is usually their longest recess of the year. While the NMTC prevailed in tax reform and there is currently authorization for two more rounds of tax credits, now is the time to build on our NMTC Extension Act efforts and secure new cosponsors.
Our goal is to ensure members of the House and Senate understand the importance of the NMTC to rural and urban communities that have been left outside the economic mainstream and can identify projects in their state or district. Our experience is that once a Member of Congress sees a project firsthand and visits with those involved to hear about the impact of the project on the community, they often become supporters.
For this reason, we are urging those with an interest in the NMTC— community development entities (CDEs), investors, businesses, civic and community leaders—to reach out to their Members of Congress’ District offices. Take advantage of upcoming in-district periods and show your Senators and Representatives and their staffs how the NMTC is revitalizing communities and creating jobs in their areas.
There is no substitute for a tour of an NMTC-financed business, visiting a project under development, or taking part in a ribbon-cutting—events where legislators can meet and hear about the effect the NMTC from constituents, businesses and local officials, leaving a large and lasting impression of the effectiveness of the Credit. This is especially important if your Representatives and/or Senators are members of the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee.
In this toolkit, you will find tips for powerful actions to cultivate a new relationship or nurture an existing relationship with your Senators and Representatives at home and—most importantly—demonstrate the need to permanently secure this effective financial tool.
- Invite your Senators and Representatives to visit a project. Show him or her why the work you do is important to their district, and how that work is supported by the NMTC.
- Meet one-on-one and bring some friends. In-district meetings during recess are a great way to keep the issue in the forefront of their minds and back up what they have heard from us in D.C. It also allows you to bring business owners and other beneficiaries to validate your message on the importance of the NMTC.
- Hold a community roundtable. Partner with other local organizations and invite your Senators and Representatives to discuss the issues.
- Write an Op-Ed. Showcase the impact the NMTC has made in your community, grow public support for your work, and inform local leaders on the importance of the credit.
The good news is that it can take as little or as much time as you have to devote to action. While those activities listed above are the best opportunities to have an impact on your legislators, we have also listed quick actions that can be taken in an hour or less.
We hope these ideas will inspire you to take advantage of the upcoming recess. Doing so will not only increase your power and influence on Capitol Hill, but also help ensure that our voice carries the strength that it needs to be heard on the issues that matter most. I encourage you all to contact Ayrianne Parks to let us know how we can help.
Robert A. Rapoza
NMTC State Fact Sheets
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