Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Outreach director to use professional development grant for legislative conference

Outreach director Terry Shelton is one of two La Follette School staff members who won professional development grants in a universitywide competition.

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Shelton will use the grant to attend the annual meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference sponsored by the Council of State Governments in Toronto in August. He will talk to potential participants in the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development that the La Follette School offers in partnership with the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. He also will speak with the Midwestern Legislative Conference's Executive Committee on policy topics for the 2011 BILLD conference.

Shelton looks forward to attending the meeting again. "As outreach director for La Follette, I have to stay current on all the major issues confronting our policymakers. I also have to know — locally, regionally and nationally — the major players on those issues, including other legislators, researchers, academia, business leaders and thinkers."

This year's BILLD conference is July 9-12. Thirty-seven legislators from 11 states and three Canadian provinces are expected to attend the five-day institute, the only leadership training program exclusively for Midwestern legislators. It helps newer legislators develop the skills to become effective leaders, informed decision-makers and astute policy analysts.

Wisconsin's delegates this year are Sen. Randy Hopper, Rep. Andy Jorgensen and Rep. Keith Ripp.