The Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG) is one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated exclusively to serving state government relations professionals. Since the mid-1970s, WASRG has been providing its corporate, trade association and public sector members with a unique and valuable opportunity to interact with their peers, key state officials and public policy experts.
Well-known for its relaxed and informal structure, WASRG maximizes member interaction and promotes a continuous exchange of ideas and information. WASRG promotes educational and networking opportunities for busy professionals who work as lobbyists, association staff, government affairs executives and vendor/service representatives.
Programs and Activities
WASRG’s signature luncheons provide an outstanding forum where members and guests convene to exchange ideas, discuss issues and share news from the states. Guest speakers -- primarily policymakers or public officials with a connection to the states -- give their perspective on topical and political issues of interest to our members.
SPECIAL INTEREST BRIEFINGS
These in-depth sessions are tailored to specific segments of the WASRG membership. Topics range from industry-specific issues to the detailed analysis of a particular state’s governmental and legislative processes. Recent briefing topics have included state budget deficits, streamlined sales tax and Real ID. WASRG also hosts special briefings dedicated to career development, with sessions on networking, resumé writing, public speaking, job searching and other topics that allow our members to reach their full potential.
WASRG hosts one of the industry’s largest state government relations summits each fall. Industry colleagues and political experts share legislative predictions, provide insights on effective lobbying and conduct professional development sessions.
WASRG’s popular social events – including happy hours and an annual holiday party – provide a valuable networking forum for members and guests.
Click here to see a list of past WASRG events.
Click here to see the WASRG Board of Directors
Join Us & Join In
If you are a state government relations professional or would like to become more involved in the industry, join WASRG today and start enjoying all of the benefits of membership. Click here to learn more!
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