July 14, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Attend a Regional Seminar on Grassroots in Hilton Head, South Carolina
Lifetime Television Created Two Public Service Initiatives to Promote Tolerance
Gain a Competitive Advantage by Attending the Third Annual CTPAA Institute
Time Warner Cable Honors Community Volunteers at the Hometown Hero Luncheon
Insight Communications Will Help Find the Fastest Kid in Town
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Attend a Regional Seminar on Grassroots in Hilton Head, South Carolina
CTPAA will sponsor a seminar focusing on grassroots techniques with instructor Ed Grefe on Tuesday, August 1 from 9:00 to 11:00 am, during the Joint Summer Meeting of the South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee cable associations. Grefe is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and an instructor for CTPAA's Public Affairs Institute. This seminar is complimentary and will take place at the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island. For more information on the Joint Summer Meeting, visit http://www.sccable.com/pages/4/index.htm.

The session is underwritten by CTPAA with the twin goals of strengthening the effectiveness of individual members and supporting educational opportunities at the local level, and it is part of a series of local, educational sessions produced by CTPAA the last few months. Nearly 25 people attended CTPAA's two-part professional development session on Building Grassroots Programs and Great Relations with the Media on Monday, July 10, just prior to the opening of the New England Cable Telecommunications Association's (NECTA) 2006 Annual Conference and Exhibition. CTPAA also sponsored on April 28 a three-hour seminar on grassroots advocacy communications during Comcast's Eastern Division's Government Affairs Spring Conference

For more information on CTPAA's local session described above, or to express an interest in hosting one of the above sessions in your local area, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1081 or 800-210-3396. 
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 Lifetime Television Created Two Public Service Initiatives to Promote Tolerance
Lifetime Television partnered with leading nonprofit organizations to create two national public service initiatives that encourage tolerance. With input from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Dads & Daughters, Girls Inc. and the YWCA of the USA, Lifetime created a public service announcement (PSA) targeted to teens and parents to promote civil rights, increase tolerance and encourage self-esteem. The efforts built on the themes of the Lifetime Original Movie, "Not Like Everyone Else," based on the true story of a non-conforming, teenage girl who feels her civil rights have been violated when school officials conduct a modern-day witch hunt in the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings. Immediately following the premiere of the film on Monday, July 10, Lifetime aired its PSA featuring the film's stars. It directed both teens and parents to Lifetimetv.com for additional information and resources on organizations that work to protect civil rights, promote individuality and foster respect.

On Monday, June 19 Lifetime premiered its original movie "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araugo Story," based on the true story of a transgender teen whose sexuality was discovered at a local party and was savagely beaten and killed by four young men. Lifetime worked with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network; the National Center for Transgender Equality; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Transgender Law Center; and the YWCA to create a PSA that would promote tolerance, respect and safety in schools and communities. Featuring the film's stars, the PSA aired immediately following the film and directed viewers to resources on how to encourage tolerance and help end discrimination. For more information, contact Cherice Walker at 212-424-7293 or walkerc@lifetimetv.com
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 Gain a Competitive Advantage by Attending the Third Annual CTPAA Institute
Acquire a more meaningful perspective on public affairs program management and execution by attending CTPAA's Public Affairs Institute. The program's overall goal is to provide cable executives with the tools they need to maximize public affairs to create a competitive advantage for their companies. CTPAA is currently accepting applications for the third annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute, September 24-27, 2006, at The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This three-day, graduate level program was developed to enhance the professional abilities of public affairs professionals in the areas of strategic issue management, communication, message development and public policies facing the cable industry.

Visit the CTPAA Web site to hear and see feedback from past participants of the CTPAA Public Affairs Institute. Learn why they thought it was valuable and why they recommend it to others. Since 2004, 44 cable industry executives have benefited from the Public Affairs Institute.

Designed specifically for CTPAA by The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), this year's program will utilize franchising case studies from Virginia, Texas, Arizona, and other states. Specifically these case studies will review the political and public policy environments in each state and the multiple strategies, both successful and unsuccessful, the different parties used during the debate over modifying each state's franchising statutes.

The Institute is specifically targeted at mid to senior level public affairs executives who are willing to push themselves to develop the enhanced skill sets necessary to meet the challenge of today's and tomorrow's competitive marketplace.

Tuition is $3,100 if applications are received by August 1st or $3,600 after that date, and includes most meals, hotel sleeping room fees and a Tuesday evening networking/fun event. For more information on the Institute, please visit the CTPAA Web site or contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or 202-775-1083.
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 Time Warner Cable Honors Community Volunteers at the Hometown Hero Luncheon
Time Warner Cable partnered with Baylor Athletics and Fox Sports Southwest to honor the 2006 Hometown Hero and Rising Hero award winners during a June 29 luncheon in Waco, Texas. The honorees were nominated based on their voluntary service and dedication towards improving the quality of life for their communities.

Mason Hebert and Katy O'Leary, two students who were the Rising Hero award winners, were surprised to learn that they were also the first recipients of the Johnny and Tricia Mankin Scholarship for Volunteerism. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship presented by Time Warner Cable on behalf of Mankin, the former division president, and his wife, both of whom serve as civic and community leaders within the Waco area.

Two of the Hometown Heroes also received an additional award. Since 1997, the Hometown Hero program has given a grant to a community organization on behalf of at least one Hometown Hero award winner. This year, a $1,000 grant was given to the Central Texas Senior Ministry and a $500 grant to the Midway Education Foundation.  For more information, contact Stacy Schmitt at 254-761-3702 or stacy.schmitt@twcable.com
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 Insight Communications Will Help Find the Fastest Kid in Town
Insight Communications is sponsoring the 13th annual Fastest Kid in Town Race on Saturday, August 12 in Lexington, Kentucky. Insight has served as sponsor of the downtown race for many years. Held right before the Mid-Summer Night's Run organized by Central Baptist Hospital, the Fastest Kid in Town race is open to children from ages 1 to 12, and the cost to register is $15. The kids run in heats according to age until the fastest kid in town is determined. Past prizes have included a free year of Insight Broadband and other items donated by local companies.  For more information, contact John Dobken at 859-514-2419 or dobken.j@insightcom.com
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
Disney & ESPN Media Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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