• The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) has a government affairs arm that often helps cities lobby for or against proposed legislation. Its utility and public right of way committee can assist members with problems
  • The International Right of Way Association (www.irwaonline.org) offers classes, certification programs, and conferences that assist right of way professionals. Its 10,000 members are in both private industry and government positions
  • The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (www.natoa.org) represents the communications needs and interests of local governments, and those who advise local governments
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org) is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the United States. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on pressing state issues
  • TeleCommUnity (www.telecommunityalliance.org) is an alliance of local governments and their associations that are attempting to refocus attention in Washington, D.C., on the principles of federalism and comity for local government interests in telecommunications
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