June 16, 2005
Door County Economic Development Corporation
(Door County, WI) — Organizers of the April 2005 Door County Legislative Day in Madison received high marks from delegates during a recent post-event evaluation. In a survey of participating delegates, a majority of respondents rated the overall event as “very good to excellent: 4.6 out of 5,” especially citing the presentation of Door County issues to various state agency representatives as a highlight. Most importantly, 100% of those responding to the survey said that they would attend another Door County Legislative Day event. One delegate described Legislative Day as “a very uniting experience.” Another delegate declared: “I am now a true believer in the impact of this effort and would like my village to really get behind it.”
Credit for the success of the second Door County Legislative Day goes equally to the steering committee, sponsors and delegates, who each contributed to make Legislative Day 2005 even better than the initial effort in 2003. This year’s events built directly on the success of the first Door County Legislative Day, which brought the specific concerns of the community directly to elected representatives and influential government officials. Major changes for 2005 included lengthening the event to allow more time for meetings with state agencies and legislators, and a breakfast meeting featuring an address by Governor Jim Doyle.
Door County Legislative Day is a long term initiative, but enjoyed immediate results this year, including:
- Development of a focused, concise legislative agenda for Door County, including these issues:
- Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Cluster Master Plan Implementation,
- Downtown Bridge Over Sturgeon Bay,
- Public Sector Collective Bargaining Reform,
- State Budget Funding for Soo Locks and Tourism Marketing,
- Education Funding Reform for K-12 Schools and Technical Colleges;
- Developing a 17-point Door County issues agenda targeted to several specific state agencies;
- Eighty Door County delegates presenting our agendas to 99 State Representatives, 33 Senators and 10 state agencies;
- Successfully communicating a better understanding of our issues and needs to state agencies and legislators;
- Providing strong support to Representative Garey Bies and Senator Alan Lasee’s initiative to secure funding for a new downtown bridge prior to rehabilitation of the Michigan Street bridge.
[On June 10th, the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature included $12 Million in the 2005-2007 State budget for construction of the new bridge, with Committee Chair Rep. John Gard specifically citing Door County Legislative Day as being instrumental to helping move the initiative forward.]
Additionally, several state agencies announced significant financial assistance or support for a number of Door County initiatives, including:
- The state Department of Commerce announcing a $350,000 grant to the City of Sturgeon Bay to support WireTech Fabricators’ relocation to part of the vacant Emerson Motors plant and redevelopment of their current site for attainable housing;
- The Department of Tourism announcing a $40,000 grant to the Door County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau for the new “A Kingdom So Delicious” Door County tourism marketing campaign;
- The Wisconsin Public Service Commission announcing approval of a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) license to Brilliant Cities, Inc. to deploy a new, state-of-the-art fiber optics telecommunications network in Door County.
Most importantly, our Door County delegation enjoyed great hospitality in Madison and had a lot of FUN! Plans are already in the works for Door County Legislative Day 2007. For more details, you can visit the Door County Legislative Day website at www.DCLegislativeDay.com, or contact Bill Chaudoir at 920-743-3113 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.