Capitol Days 2023
February 21 & 22, 2023 | Tallahassee
In preparation for the 2023 Legislative Session, United Way representatives from around the state will convene in Tallahassee for an exciting two-day advocacy event to hear updates on Priority United Way Issues, learn from policymakers and experts about the upcoming session, and encourage their legislators to support the 2023 Florida United Ways Consensus Legislative Agenda. We hope you'll join us to learn how you can be an advocate for United Way’s public policy priorities. Together, we can make a difference as we choose to LIVE UNITED! See below for helpful information as you prepare for Capitol Days. We look forward to seeing you on February 21!
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Pictured: Sunset view of downtown Tallahassee and the Capitol at night from Eve on Adams.
Two-Day Event Overview
Tuesday, February 21 | Eve on Adams Rooftop Restaurant* | 101 S. Adams St. (17th floor of DoubleTree)
- 12:30 - 4:30 PM UWOF Board of Governors & CEO Meeting and Lunch (for Board members and CEOs only)
- 6:00 - 8:00 PM Capitol Days Legislative Reception & Cocktails (for all registrants and invited legislators)
* Free valet parking for all Eve on Adams guests. Inform DoubleTree valet you're going up to Eve on Adams.
Wednesday, February 22 | Donald L. Tucker Civic Center | 505 W. Pensacola Street
Capitol Day Program*
- 7:30 - 8:00 AM | Check-in and Continental Breakfast
- 8:00 - 11:20 AM | Welcome | Program/Speakers
- 11:20 - 11:45 AM | Lunch Buffet
- 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | Programs/Speakers
- 1:00 - 5:00 PM | Capitol Visits
- 3:00 PM | Tour of Senate Chambers (optional) with greeting from Senate President Passidomo
*All events are subject to change.
Group Hotel Information (Group Rate Sold Out)
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Preparing for Capitol Days/Meetings with your Legislators
Advance Informational Package
Mailed to all registrants on February 9, the materials in the Capitol Days Advance Packet are provided to help you prep for your trip to Tallahassee and include successful tips and guidance for scheduling and meeting with your legislators, talking points, templates and more. Also provided was a Capitol Days Reception invitation for local United Ways to use to invite their legislators to join us at the Tuesday evening reception.
Schedule Your Legislative Visits
Advocates are responsible for scheduling their own visits with their legislators on February 22. Click on the links below and input your address to:
- Find your Senators and Representatives
- Learn more about them – the committees they sit on, political careers, personal and professional lives, etc.; and
- Obtain contact information needed to schedule meetings.
- Documents to assist with your legislative meetings:
Webinar Training Series
We've made it easy to prep for Capitol Day 2023, be confident and knowledgeable, along with making an effective pitch. Leading up to Capitol Days in February, the UWOF Public Policy Team offered three 1-hour webinars to provide everything from a primer on how to talk to elected officials to the nitty-gritty of the 2023 Session. Click for more details and to watch webinar recordings.
Webinar Training Series
Learning your Legislative Landscape - Presented by Natalie King & Matt Herndon, RSA Consulting
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET
Successful advocacy is based on relationships that are built with elected officials, but what is the first step? Is your United Way Team ready to make the case? Learn what you need to know at our upcoming Webinars. First webinar in a series of three in preparation for the 2023 Session.
For anyone who wants to better understand the landscape in Tallahassee and what to anticipate for the upcoming 2023 Session. Learn more about the new House and Senate leadership and their priorities, the impact of recent elections, the major policy drivers and challenges that will shape the Legislature’s work this Session, key milestones, and how this information informs and influences successful engagement strategies.
CLICK TO WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING | Passcode: Fr8mU3g@
Engage Effectively - Presented by RSA Consulting
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
Successful advocacy is based on relationships built with elected officials, but what are the steps to building a real relationship? Is your United Way Team ready building a strong foundation? Learn what you need to know, Wednesday. Led by the United Way Public Policy Team, this webinar is for anyone who wants to build a better relationship – be the “go to” for both your elected officials and their staff.
Take-away-tools from this upcoming webinar include:
• Learning about elected officials
• Creating a connection
• Positioning as a resource
• Building relationships with staff
• Leveraging volunteers in advocacy
CLICK TO WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING | Passcode: 203fzbn#
Know the Nuances (and the Nitty Gritty of 2023) - Presented by RSA Consulting
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
The first two webinars covered the basics. Now, with the third and final webinar, offers insight into personalities, possibilities and priorities expected during Florida’s 2023 Legislative Session. Join us, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Brought to us once again by our friends at RSA Consulting, Natalie King, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, will bring us up to date on the major policy drivers and challenges shaping the Legislature’s work this Session. Now is when the fun begins!
CLICK TO WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING