Continued Capitol Hill success

August 1st, 2016

Wednesday, April 27 was GMA’s most recent Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. A delegation of nearly 30 GMA representatives, attended 27 meetings. GMA’s government relations firm, Whitmer and Worrall, coordinated 11 meetings on the Senate side and 16 on the House side. The congressional offices we visited represented interest on the following committees: Transportation and […]

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Schuler (VaDOT) succeeds Allen (WaDOT) as chair of the NTPEP, GTX, and REGEO Committee

August 1st, 2016

On Monday, May 9, I attended AASHTO’s National Transportation Evaluation Program’s (NTPEP) annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. I joined GMA Executive Council members Doug Brown (Tensar) and Brian Whitaker (Typar) to represent GMA as non-voting members of GTX and REGEO committee. During the GTX and REGEO committee meeting, we addressed the following issues: product […]

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GMA’s 2016 government relations program is in full swing

June 1st, 2016

March 2016 was a great month for GMA to ramp up its 2016 federal and state lobbying efforts. GMA members and I had the opportunity to meet with three federal agencies in Washington, D.C. These meetings allowed GMA to educate government officials about the benefits of geosynthetic materials and at the same time encouraging federal […]

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State and local efforts, activities report, Lobby Day on GMA’s agenda

April 1st, 2016

During my first year as a division supervisor, managing the Geosynthetic Materials Association, GMA has seen an increase in activity. GMA has been able to capitalize on its strong presence on Capitol Hill, by encouraging Congress to pass a long-term highway bill that included meaningful geosynthetic language. GMA has made significant efforts to cultivate relationships […]

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GMA is a sponsor for Educate the Educators

October 1st, 2015

In late July, I joined representatives from seven GMA member companies to attend the revived Educate the Educators conference held at the University of Texas in Austin. The purpose of the event was to educate university professors from the United States and around the world on the benefits of geosynthetics in this classroom. The two-day […]

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Reports from NTPEP, FAA, GMA membership

August 1st, 2015

Fall Lobby Day is Oct. 28-29 The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had an active late spring and early summer. GMA participated in AASHTO’s NTPEP (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials/National Transportation Product Evaluation Program) conference in Houston, provided guidance to multiple state DOTs (state’s departments of transportation), met with officials from the FAA […]

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