GMA on Wisconsin, waste containment and Lobby Day

August 1, 2018

April and May were very active months for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA). Our membership coordinated an educational opportunity in the state of New York, made a lobbying trip to Wisconsin and supported Infrastructure Week by advocating for geosynthetics in the nation’s capitol. GMA heads to Wisconsin On Apr. 9, 2018, members of the GMA …

GMA News: GMA had a jam-packed start to the year

June 1, 2018

In January 2018 members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) participated in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. In February our executive council met in Charlotte, North Carolina, to review GMA’s goals and mission. In March a delegation of GMA executives met with representatives from the White House and the U.S. …

GMA advocating for infrastructure funding

April 1, 2018

Over the past year, infrastructure has been talked about regularly as the “next big issue” for the White House and Congress to tackle. With tax reform out of the way and the midterm elections fast approaching, it is time for Congress and U.S. President Donald J. Trump to act.    On Jan. 30, 2018, during …

Register now!: GMA Spring Lobby Day is May 16–17 in Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will host Spring Lobby Day May 16–17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. GMA encourages members and interested nonmembers to attend. There is no registration fee for GMA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $1,000. Lobby Day involves meetings with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and their …

GMA meets with White House to discuss infrastructure a second time

On Tuesday, March 15, 2018, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) met with White House senior staff to discuss President Donald J. Trump’s “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The leaders of GMA’s executive council emphasized the innovative and transformative benefits of geosynthetic products and the role geosynthetics can play in helping the administration achieve the …

GMA officers meet with vice president’s office and the White House

February 1, 2018

On Sept. 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C., GMA executive council officers Keith Gardner, Fred Chuck, and Doug Brown, and I attended preliminary meetings with the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and vice president Mike Pence’s senior policy staff to discuss the status of the president’s infrastructure plan and the role geosynthetics will play in …

Executive council gathers in D.C.

Twice a year, GMA’s governing executive council meets in Washington, D.C., to review GMA’s programing initiatives and direct the association’s mission of providing high-quality engineering support, facilitating valuable educational resources and maintaining a robust government-relations program. The council’s most recent meeting took place on Oct. 24, 2017, the eve of our biannual Lobby Day. It …

GMA fall Lobby Day

GMA’s fall Lobby Day marked the end of an excellent year of meetings on Capitol Hill, 22 with the U.S. Senate and 31 with the U.S. House of Representatives. In recent years, Congress has advocated for geosynthetics in major legislation, such as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation …

U.S. representatives pen letter encouraging use of geosynthetics

On Nov. 17, 2017, 10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao encouraging the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to consider including the benefits of geosynthetic materials in future infrastructure legislation. “Geosynthetic materials are a critical, innovative element of the transportation construction industry,” the representatives wrote, …

Geosynthetics Materials Association news: Advocating for infrastructure investment

October 1, 2017

Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the infrastructure industry has been abuzz with hopes of a trillion-dollar infrastructure package. During President Trump’s first 200 days in office, he and his staff laid the foundation for an infrastructure bill that would increase public and private investment to help repair …