Top 5 Ways Elected Officials Are Making an Impact Today
There is major growth in impact at the corporate and nonprofit levels, but don’t count out elected officials who are continuing to make waves in a myriad of ways. Here is our list of the top 5 ways that electeds are making a big difference.
- Legislative Impact
Of course, this is where it all starts. Electeds fight for impact through the legislative process on essentially every matter of importance today. The electeds we see who are making the biggest waves are taking these legislative wins, and then following outcomes, sharing key learnings, and pushing for additional momentum when they see opportunities for more impact.
- Listening to - and Sharing(!) - Community Needs
Officials are elected by and for the community, and work each day to address constituent needs. Listening to constituents provides invaluable data. When electeds not only use this information to inform their own strategy, but also take key information, programming, and opportunities and share it on their channels to boost local community needs and resources, they bring an entirely different layer of value to their constituents.
- Community Change Maker
Elected officials have a unique ability to gather people together. Offices that really pull up their sleeves, and bring partners and neighbors together (even when those parties are sometimes at odds) can create lasting and powerful community work come to life. This can happen in big ways - through legislative action - and more intangible moments - like community meetings and roundtables.
- Direct Funding
Sometimes, it simply comes down to dollars and cents. Offices that “bring home the bacon” by drawing in private or public funding for local programs, institutions, infrastructure or nonprofit organizations, or even sprinkle their own funds into communities through office holder accounts, can really drive impact locally.
- Hitting The Streets
Nothing takes the place of personal direct contact - even in the age of Zoom. Teams that roll up their sleeves and engage with communities through participating in events and programming, supporting volunteerism opportunities, and even come out for events that are just pure fun - are the ones that stand out in our book.
P.S. Don’t forget to share the 360-degree view - when you put it all onto one page it gets really powerful. If this is a pain point for you, let’s talk! Ethos Tracking helps your team track, report on and share 100% of what you're doing to make your district better. The data can also be broken down by neighborhood, issue area, and more.