2007 Door County Legislative Days Details Announced

Media Release
Released February 5, 2007
Contact Information:
Bill Chaudoir
Door County Economic Development Corporation
(920) 743-3113

May 8 and 9, 2007 are the dates for the third biannual Door County Legislative Days event in Madison. This year’s events are building directly on the success of the Door County Legislative Days in 2003 and 2005, which brought the specific concerns of the community directly to elected representatives and influential government appointees.

Door County Legislative Days will again be headquartered at the Inn On The Park hotel on Capitol Square in downtown Madison.  The main events are scheduled on Tuesday May 8th, when delegates will 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. The remainder of the two day event will be reserved for visiting state officials and selected state agencies.

The itinerary for the 2007 Door County Legislative Days is summarized below.

Tuesday, May 8

Appearance before Joint Finance Committee
Delegate meetings with selected state agencies

Lunch Meeting hosted by Senator Lasee and Representative Bies

Door County delegate meetings with all state legislators

Reception, fish boil and entertainment

Wednesday, May 9

Breakfast meeting with Governor Jim Doyle (invited)
Additional 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 Days Agenda Committee Chair, Rob Burke, at 920-743-2260.

Past Door County Legislative Days were held in April 2003 and May 2005 and were deemed a great success.  The exceptional turnout of about 100 Door County delegates each year, combined with the warm reception that the delegation receives in Madison and, most importantly, the excellent progress that has been achieved with implementation of our Legislative and State Agency agendas, has inspired the Legislative Days Steering Committee to repeat the event in 2007.

The major accomplishment resulting from the 2005 event was the State Budget amendment providing financial support and early construction start for the new bridge in Downtown Sturgeon Bay before rebuilding the existing bridge thereby eliminating the estimated one-year downtime.  Other successes wholly or partially attributed to past Legislative Days initiatives include: $25,000 grant to fund the beach contamination source research, $75,000 grant to fund the Door County Economic Development Adjustment Plan, TIF District legislative reform that provided Sturgeon Bay continued use of this economic development tool, State support to improve high-speed broadband service in the county, $350,000 grant to support the WireTech/attainable housing project, and $40,000 grant for the “A Kingdom So Delicious” tourism marketing campaign.

The 2007 Door County Legislative Days will require at least 100 local delegates in Madison to effectively call on legislators.  Anyone interested in participating should contact the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) by phone at 920-743-3113 or e-mail bill@doorcountybusiness.com. The cost to participate for delegates is only $20, made possible by a variety of local financial sponsors, including local government, civic groups and private businesses. Anyone interested in supporting Door County Legislative Days and helping to reach the goal of $15,000 in sponsorship funds should also contact DCEDC or finance Chair, Mark Nelson at 920-743-5954.

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