Door County Legislative Days Once Again Deemed a Success

Media Release
Released May 18, 2007
Contact Information:
Bill Chaudoir
Door County Economic Development Corporation
(920) 743-3113
bill@doorcountybusiness.com

Organizers of the 2007 Door County Legislative Days event called the May 8-9 trip to Madison a very successful initiative. For the third time in the last five years, issues of importance to Door County were effectively and expertly delivered to state legislators, members of the Governor’s administration and various state agencies. Credit for the success of the Door County Legislative Days program goes equally to the steering committee, event sponsors and the more than 90 Door County volunteer delegates who made the trip to Madison.

“We ask a lot of our delegates and I’m so happy and proud of them,” said Legislative Days Steering Committee Chairman Bill Chaudoir. “We had over 90 delegates in Madison. That’s a huge commitment and we are very, very appreciative of that effort. Legislators and their staff warmly received our delegates. We heard several reports how impressed legislators and state agencies were in the presentation of our materials and our agenda, saying our delegates are some of the most effective that come down to Madison from any community in the state.”

Chaudoir continued: “The objective of Legislative Days is to hopefully make a difference on some of the decisions that are made in Madison that can help Door County. Optimistically, our efforts will pay dividends down the road.”

Door County Legislative Days is a long-term initiative, but enjoyed immediate results again this year, with the state Department of Commerce announcing a $31,000 Community-Based Economic Development grant award to the Door/Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) to support continuation and expansion of DKBEP programs designed to better prepare area youth for the world of work and to build the local workforce.

The Door County legislative agenda that volunteer lobbyists delivered to every member of the State Senate and Assembly included:

  1. Expressing sincerest thanks to the Legislature, state agencies, and the Governor’s Office for their collaboration in recent years that has led to several major accomplishments in Door County such as the new Sturgeon Bay bridge, support for the Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding cluster, the expansion of Highway 57, and other projects.
  2. Urging Legislative support of specific items in the 2007 Biennial Budget:
    1. Exempt funding for county-wide ambulance services from state imposed levy limits;
    2. Support reauthorization of the State Stewardship Fund;
    3. Support proposed funding for Invasive Species Protection.
  3. Requesting state support of local efforts to protect beach water quality and our unique ecosystems.
  4. Creation of a statewide program for mandatory registration of underground propane gas lines. (Representative Garey Bies introduced legislation to create a statewide registry for propane lines during the Legislative Days trip.)
  5. Supporting efforts to reform the state’s school funding formulas.
  6. Seeking Legislative action to address rising health care costs.

More than 40 delegates extended their trip a few hours to attend a luncheon forum on sustainability issues that featured four Madison-area community leaders discussing topics related to sustainable growth, the Natural Step sustainability framework and eco-tourism. Following the luncheon, an attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates lead a tour of Madison-area sites where development is occurring using sustainable design elements.

Door County Legislative Days is a biennial trip to the state capital in Madison by Door County residents, elected officials, business owners and other stakeholders, to bring a locally agreed-upon agenda of Door County issues directly to state elected officials and government agency leaders. 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 Visitor Center and other local volunteers.