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The business of think tanks is changing, and the Governmental Research Association is changing too.

Take a look at our new website! Thanks to Barb Baranski and Nancy Rose for building it so quickly!

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Please post things you are reading, reports you are publishing, events you holding for all of us to know about!

This marks the first edition of a new monthly GRA Reporter to the members of the GRA. This newsletter runs off an RSS feed. Please send Nancy Rose, the GRA secretary, the RSS feed you would like us to use. Her email is nrose@ednc.org.

Most importantly, save the date! The next GRA conference is July 21-24 in St. Pete, Florida. This is the best professional development for policy wonks you will find. Our thanks to Dominic Calabro and his team at Florida Tax Watch for what promises to be both interesting and a lot of fun.

We’ll be trying some new things this year.

Mebane Rash, our president, will be visiting GRA leaders and organizations to raise the profile of our leadership and our work. She has already been to see Phyllis in Colorado and Jeff in Philly. Marci is coming to NC, and then Mebane will head west to see Kriss in Seattle and Eric in Detroit. We will be convening GRA orgs in Massachusetts and Louisiana.

In November, we will begin holding “office hours” on the first Monday of every month at 4:30. We will rotate topics such as communication strategies, impact, fundraising, etc. You can also bring your GRA questions, concerns, hopes, and dreams.

Here is the video of David Osborne from the GRA conference in Detroit. Please share it with your networks.