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NCPLA President's Message

Dear NCPLA Membership:

As the North Carolina Professional Lobbying Association (NCPLA) turns the page on 2021, I want to thank David McGowan for leading the organization last year. David did a phenomenal job helping our community navigate changing rules and guidelines, hybrid working, and the ongoing challenges faced by lobbyists during the pandemic. David spearheaded an effort to develop a three-year strategic plan to address concerns raised by our membership. The plan was presented at our 2021 annual meeting.  I look forward to continuing his great work in 2022.

Speaking of the 2021 annual meeting, thank you to all of those who attended. It was an incredible event. It was so wonderful to see some many of you in-person. The NCPLA Education Committee comprised of Sarah Bales, Ashley Perkinson and Whitney Christensen did a stellar job with the content. The committee worked tirelessly to secure speakers and get CLE credit. The format was well received and the Executive Committee plans to replicate the length and location this year.

As we embark on another busy year, I want to update the membership on two key focus areas of the strategic plan. First, the Executive Committee is working to improve access and accommodations at the legislative building. We saw in the membership survey that this issue is priority one. Second, NCPLA plans to host several new events in 2022. The plan is to offer education and CLE opportunities to the entire membership on a quarterly basis. This will give our NCPLA members the chance to interact and learn from one another. Please be on the lookout for the first of these events in early February.

As always, please do not hesitate to connect with me or any member of the Board of Directors.  


Maeve Gardner, President


NCPLA was founded in 1998 to instill core values of integrity, honesty, and professionalism among the lobbyist community and pass along those values to the next generation of lobbyists. NCPLA Members agree to abide by the NCPLA Code of Conduct

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