By Jim Thompson
North Carolina is faced with great challenges and new opportunities that require thoughtful, considerate debate. Now more than ever our lawmakers and government workers need access to reliable information on a host of issues crucial to the future of our great state.
Sen. Phil Berger said it best when he addressed new members of the 2013 NC Legislature. Berger said that one of the biggest challenges of a newly elected official is all of a sudden you are expected to be an expert on everything. And as we all know, it is impossible for one person to be an expert on everything.
That’s why it’s so important for our lawmakers and leaders to connect with subject matter experts to ensure smart public policy is being formed. There is no better resource than North Carolina’s professional and trade associations.
Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) members are the collective voices of business and industry throughout the state. These organizations have in-depth knowledge of the issues facing every market segment in the North Carolina economy. AENC members are “Where to Go When You Need to Know,” and we encourage our lawmakers and leaders to connect with them frequently.
We also invite engaged citizens and members of the press to connect with our members for informed perspectives. One quick and easy way to do so is by visiting the Web site AENCisWheretoGo.org for a directory of AENC member associations.
So to Sen. Berger’s point, members of the North Carolina General Assembly don’t have to be experts on every subject matter, but it is good to know where to find them!
Jim Thompson is the Executive Director of AENC