2005 Door County Legislative Day Details Announced

Media Release
Released March 7, 2005
Contact Information:
Bill Chaudoir
Door County Economic Development Corporation
(920) 743-3113

May 4-6, 2005 will be the dates for the second Door County Legislative Day event in Madison. This year’s events are building directly on the success of the first Door County Legislative Day in 2003, which brought the specific concerns of the community directly to elected representatives and influential government appointees.

Door County Legislative Day will again be headquartered at the Inn On The Park hotel on Capitol Square in downtown Madison. The event has been extended this year to provide more time for Door County delegates to meet with legislators, government leaders and state agencies. The main events are scheduled on Thursday, May 5th, when delegates will Legislative call on state legislators in the afternoon and enjoy a reception, an authentic Door County fish boil dinner and Door County entertainment in the evening. May 4 and 6 will be reserved for visiting selected state agencies.

The itinerary for the 2005 Door County Legislative Day is summarized below.

Wednesday, May 4

Morning – Travel
Afternoon – Delegate meetings with selected state agencies

Thursday, May 5

Morning – Breakfast meeting with legislative leaders
Additional delegate wholesale nfl jerseys meetings with state agencies
Noon – Lunch meeting hosted by Senator Lasee and Representative Bies
Afternoon – Door County delegate meetings with state legislators
Evening – Reception, fish boil and entertainment

Friday, May 6

Morning – Breakfast meeting with Gov. Jim Doyle (invited)
Delegate meetings with state agencies

A volunteer committee is currently working to develop the legislative and state agency agenda topics and issues that will be presented in Madison. The goal of this event is to educate state lawmakers and agency officials about Door County and to request legislative and state agency action that will help address local issues and concerns. To provide input or suggestions on the agenda, contact the Legislative Day Agenda Committee Chair, Rob Burke, at 920-743-2260.

The inaugural Door County Legislative Day was held in April 2003 and was a great success. The exceptional turnout of 100 Door County delegates, combined with the warm reception that the delegation received in Madison and, most importantly, the excellent progress that has been achieved on the 2003 Legislative Day Agenda, inspired the Legislative Day Steering Committee to repeat and expand the event for 2005.

The 2003 legislative agenda consisted of five main topics and numerous related sub-issues: Water Quality and Safety of Beaches; State Highway 57 Four-lane Improvement Project; Supporting Education Through Fairness and Equity in cheap nba jerseys Education Funding; Improve the Door County Business Climate; and Construction of a New Bridge in Downtown Sturgeon Bay at the Maple Street to Oregon Street Crossing (Michigan St. Bridge Replacement). Overall, there have been positive results achieved on just about every topic included on
the 2003 agenda.

Among the positive consequences from the 2003 Legislative Day event, Door County received a $72,500 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to fund an economic development plan that will help the County deal with the loss of manufacturing jobs and help chart a course to expand the local economy. The results of the recently completed study will be unveiled at a Door County Economic Summit, immediately following the Door County Economic Development Corporation Annual Investors Meeting on Monday, April 25.

“The 2003 Legislative Day raised legislator awareness of the challenge Door County has to define, identify and address the factors associated with the contamination of the near shore beach waters,” said issue co-chair Bill Schuster of the Door County Soil and Water Department. Jerseys “Door County received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program in 2004 to help fund our source investigation research. Continued attention and focus on this project from our informed legislators will aid in our local efforts.”

Additionally, the County received a $75,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to partially fund a feasibility study for a potential telecommunications infrastructure Door upgrade throughout the peninsula, and garnered a commitment from Wisconsin Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Ruben Anthony that the four-lane expansion of State Highway 57 is budgeted to be completed by 2008.

The 2005 Door County Legislative Day will require at least 100 local delegates in Madison to effectively call on legislators: anyone The interested in participating should contact the Door cheap mlb jerseys County Economic Development Corporation by phone at 920-743-3113 or e-mail bill@doorcountybusiness.com. The cost to participate for delegates is only $25, made possible by a variety of local sponsors, including the County of Door, the City of Sturgeon Bay, local civic groups and several private businesses. Anyone wholesale nfl jerseys interested in supporting Door County Legislative Day and helping to reach the goal of $12,000 in sponsorship funds should also contact DCEDC.

Door County Legislative Day is a collaborative effort, jointly planned by the Door County Economic Development Corporation, the Door County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Door County office of the University of Wisconsin-Extension program, the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Crazy and Convention Bureau and various other local volunteers. For further information, call 920-743-3113 or 17, e-mail bill@doorcountybusiness.com.