Hamilton County Commission Update

The Hamilton County Commission liaison team is working together to bring us the latest information from this governing body.  A recent County Commission meeting addressed the question of whether to allow operation of a distillery in the county. The issue has gone back to the state legislature for resolution. Additionally a number of minor zoning changes around the county were more »

Update from the School Board Team

One of the Political Liaison teams supporting this blog will focus on the Hamilton County School Board. This team hopes to encourage our local school board to provide even more transparency in its decision-making and replicate successful programs occurring in one or two schools to many more schools throughout the district. In general, the team will work to ensure that more »

Initiating the Political Liaison Program

On November 5 CWLI officially launched a new effort focused on engaging its membership in local politics. A group of CWLI members met for their orientation session as the inaugural cohort of CWLI Political Liaisons. These women will stay abreast of the policy decisions within the Hamilton County Commission, the Chattanooga City Council and the Hamilton County School Board. Working more »

Some Answers from a Local Candidate

On October 12th, the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute sent a request to candidates running in the upcoming congressional and state elections to answer some questions concerning certain issues, particularly those significant to women, so that we may post them on our blog site. We did this to provide an opportunity for candidates to get their message out, as well as more »

10 Things You Can Do

Here are ten ways you can join the political conversation and help influence our legislative process. 1.  Get to know your representatives so they will know you – Learn where they stand on particular issues.  Offer praise when deserved and constructive criticism or another option for consideration. 2.  Ask to be appointed to a board…but be sure you have the more »

Designing an Infrastructure for Political Engagement

Women Impacting Policy Committee (WIP) drives CWLI’s political engagement and is charged with cultivating politically informed and active leaders among the CWLI membership. WIP established a new framework to engage women in Chattanooga’s local political arena. Key roles in the architecture are the Political Liaisons and the Communication Chair. Political Liaisons are CWLI members selected by WIP to represent the more »