As a former Hill staffer, I always looked forward to attending Congressional briefings because they were an opportunity to learn about the policy issues impacting different industries and hear from the perspective of practitioners. It was also an opportunity to connect with other Hill staff who had an interest in that particular industry’s policy issues.
On Wednesday, February 1, OFN will host a Congressional briefing on “How CDFIs Use Public and Private Resources to Stimulate Economic Development in Rural, Urban, and Native Communities.” CDFIs and their borrowers will share with Hill staff the challenges in accessing capital in underserved communities, how they leverage public and private resources, and the impact they have in their communities.
Briefings such as this serve as a valuable source of information for Hill staff and could translate into a CDFI securing a meeting with a new member of Congress, a congressional office drafting legislation important to CDFIs, or a member of Congress visiting a borrower.
Although participation in the event is limited, CDFIs across the country can help us in this effort to demonstrate CDFI impact by joining us in sharing the #CDFIstory with Hill staff!
OFN will use this moment to kick off a yearlong effort to share the #CDFIstory with a new Congress. Just as we have for Advocacy Day in the past, we ask CDFIs to share success stories and photos on social media next Wednesday, using #CDFIstory. For more details, check out our Hill Day Social Media Toolkit. And as always, make sure to follow us on Twitter and continue to submit your stories so we can use them as we continue this effort throughout 2017.
Through this Hill briefing and with your social media engagement, we look forward to continuing to build bipartisan support for our industry.