STRATEGIES FOR EXTENSION ADVISORY COUNCILS
County Focused Strategies
Plan and do an annual report to the Commissioners
Develop profiles of each County Commissioner and other elected officials
Advisory members select and elected official or key county leader to build a
relationship with and educate about Extension.
Invite elected officials to present awards, bring greetings and attend events.
Host field day events highlighting exemplary and innovative Extension programs.
Write congratulatory letters to newly elected officials.
Write thank you letters to outgoing elected officials.
Following an election, collect information on newly-elected policymakers.
During pre-election, share general information about Extension with candidates.
Host an annual festive, get-together (ie. “pig-pickin”) for all county, state and
federal elected officials in the county.
Develop a special report on county initiatives and major programs after
conducting the environmental scan and annual plan of work.
Plan an advisory council meeting to enhance member and faculty understanding
of the political environment and county government process.
Investigate and report back on roles and responsibilities of county board
Attend political functions and network with elected officials and their staff.
State level strategies
Plan and conduct a Day of Legislature
Do a profile on each local legislator
Have a Relationship Marketing Committee
Contact appropriation members via e-mail
Local advisory leaders make key contacts with legislators in their home county.
Plan training opportunities for local advisory leaders on state legislative process.
Develop a statewide network of advisory leaders who can and will make key
contacts at appropriate times.
Become a trusted resource.
Involve elected officials in prominent roles at state Extension functions.
Federal level strategies
Host “back home” visits with Congressmen to thank them and discuss issues of
Send a small delegation to Washington to visit Congressmen in their offices.
Host Legislative Assistants and other staffers to a special dinner to build
Get acquainted with home offices of congressional representatives and senators.