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Message from the President

The past three months have been absolutely amazing! The response to IAP2 USA has been well beyond our hopes and dreams.

During this first quarter…

  • Dozens of people have joined and renewed their memberships.
  • Members are interested in starting chapters in New England, Washington DC, and Southern California.
  • Our newest chapter, Gulf Coast in Texas, is gaining momentum, and the Grand Canyon chapter is planning to begin meeting again this Spring.
  • The organization has been asked to endorse Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s Statement of Principles.
  • We have formed a Strategic Alliance committee with the goal of making IAP2 USA the convener for the ongoing national dialogue about public participation.
  • The Membership Development committee is developing a new list of membership categories and services to better meet the needs of our members.
  • Chapter liaisons are being invited to serve on a Chapter Relations committee to determine how IAP2 USA can better support the chapters and assist emerging chapters.
  • Plans are underway for a one-day symposium in Washington DC with federal agency officials to discuss how P2 can improve the government decision making process.
  • A Programs & Services committee is creating new programs and training for members.
  • We established the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to help create a strong online presence for IAP2 USA.
  • And so much more…

But we can’t do this alone! To continue to grow IAP2 USA, we need the passion and ideas of our membership. Over the coming weeks you will be receiving emails asking for your input on various proposals and seeking volunteers to help with many of the tasks listed above. I hope you will join us during this exciting time of molding IAP2 USA into the premier professional membership organization that sets the gold standard for public participation and provides the P2 research, knowledge and advice for organizations across the country.

To contact IAP2 USA email info@iap2usa.org or call toll-free 855-500-5767. Our address is 7949 E. Acoma Dr, #207, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Or you can email me at tgunn@gciaz.com.

Finally, a big heartfelt thank you to the members who have donated their time to help make the transition to IAP2 USA successful. More than 50 members have been actively involved. My personal goal is to triple that number by the end of 2011!

Theresa Gunn

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  1. April 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Theresa — great news. Thanks for the update. I’m working to get the Alaska Chapter re-energized too!

  2. Sheri Wantland
    April 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Cascade Chapter and friends in Oregon and SW Washington are excited to see IAP2 USA coalescing! About 40 attended our job networking event this week, and April 15 we will announce the presenters and agenda for PI Works in Bend, Oregon this June. Sending a heartfelt thanks for the time and energy that you and the other Board and committee members have spent!

  3. April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    We especially want to work with all public sector employees whose responsibility includes public participation. Join us!

  4. April 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Likewise, if you’re part of a “private sector” company or organization and you’re involved at all in public participation activities, please join us!

  5. Thereas Gunn
    April 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for your updates on activities in your local area. Great news about Alaska and we continue to support the great events of the Cascade chapter. Don’t forget to email me if you want to help on one of the national committees!

  6. Mary Hamel
    April 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

    For the DC event — P2 and Fedl govt. If you want to expand that to state level of govt, we’ve been having some interesting and visible public outrage at govt here in Wisconsin. It’s conceivable we could get one of the Wisconsin Fab 14 senators to come give perspective. Sen. Mark Miller’s daughter Keiko used to work for the Jefferson Center in MN, which did citizen juries, and she was in our chapter… so Sen. Miller knows a little bit about us… he participated a little bit in the 2004 IAP2 conference in Madison as well. Just a thought, but I know I’m way more wrapped up in the WI protest thing than probably anyone else in our affiliate. -m.

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