Noted in a Policy Link toolkit were the following challenges:
- How can public policy makers tap into community experience at all levels of the policy-making process?
- How can citizens and communities move beyond lobbying as special interest groups to become engaged as partners with government officials and policy makers in meaningful dialogue and problem solving?
- How can public policy processes help to build the capacities of all sectors to work together for more credible and inclusive policy making and governance?
These points are incredibly appropriate to our relationships with leadership in New York State. Rural Advocates have consistently worked with policy makers and government officials to solve problems in an effort to assist rural communities. We welcome open, honest dialogue and look forward to addressing this challenge in the coming year.