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How to Hug A Porcupine

How to Hug A Porcupine:  Relationship Building with Lawmakers and How It Helps You and Your Organization

Building relationships with elected officials can be uncomfortable – like hugging a porcupine. Join us for this session at the 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Charlotte, NC will help you overcome that discomfort, revealing methods and benefits for building relationships with elected officials.

Covered topics include:

  • Who Congress and state legislators listen to
  • The “5 Rules for Influencing Lawmakers”


  • James Vaughn, Special Consultant, Congressional Management Foundation
  • Kristina Swallow, Engineering Program Manager, City of Las Vegas, and 2009-10 ASCE Congressional Fellow


 Register for ASCE's 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference  

Want to learn more about building relationships with lawmakers?  Join ASCE's Key Contact Program.