Local Government Liaison Program
In an effort to further the working relationships with local elected officials and decision makers throughout San Diego County, AGC has created a "Local Government Liaison" Program. AGC's Board of Directors approved of this volunteer program to engage members who may want to help AGC develop and maintain direct lines of communications with county, city, and public agency decision makers.
Currently, AGC has formal Liaison Committees with the City and County of San Diego, Airport Authority, Caltrans, Navy, Port of San Diego, and the County Water Authority. These committees meet 2-4 times a year to allow for an open dialogue between contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, etc., and public agencies. This leads to successful construction projects which utilize public tax dollars in an efficient and effective manner. Similar "formalized" working relationships do not exist in the other 17 cities and the other 70+ public agencies within San Diego County. A complete list of the public agencies can be viewed by clicking here.
This Local Government Liaison Program (administered by the Government Relations Committee) will allow AGC members to participate in government relations and political action activities will create an informal dialogue between AGC, its members, and public agencies, and it will provide an effective monitoring system.
We have received quite a bit of positive feedback about this program from a number of AGC members who may personally or professionally know a public decision maker in San Diego. We also know that more and more members want to get involved in the political process. This Local Government Liaison Program will provide that opportunity.
Some of the duties of a "volunteer" would include: Monitor agency actions (review website, agendas, bios, and possibly attend meetings (i.e. City Council meeting); visit with decision makers; provide information, such as an AGC Annual Report or a list of "hot topics"; encourage decision makers to engage AGC whenever possible. A "team leader" will be assigned to each entity, and it is anticipated that there will be at least two volunteers for each public agency.
There are a few requirements to be a "volunteer" that we should go over. You must be an AGC member in good standing, live in or adjacent to, or have business interests within the local jurisdiction, and must be diplomatic and have good communication skills. If you fit those perimeters and would like to volunteer, simply click here, put a check mark next to the public agency(ies) you are interested in, fill in your name, company, home and business address, phone number, and e-mail, then electronically fax the document to AGC. (If it doesn't allow you to electronically e-mail the form to Brad Barnum, please print and fax or scan to Brad at (858) 558-8444.
For those of you who sign-up, thank you in advance for assisting with our government relations and political action activities.