Plastics are unfairly portrayed in most media stories, which has lead to a bias that is not supported by real data. It is time that we take the facts about plastics directly to legislators, regulators, key decision makers and government agencies. IAPD members are uniquely qualified to educate this audience about the many benefits of plastics.
Lawmakers care about job creation and they want to create relationships with businesses in their respective districts. Each IAPD member company, plant, location or branch represents a small business. Whether you are a national, international or local company, each of your locations represents a distinct business. Legislators want to hear from you — you are job creators and you may be the key to a particular legislator’s district.
Let’s tell the facts about plastics, our members, our industry and our association. We are plastics, we are IAPD and we have a voice. Let’s use it!
The IAPD Government Relations Committee has identified the following priorities for 2017. The intention is to remain focused on our goals while remaining nimble enough to react as the fluid environment of government dictates.
An ongoing series of activities contribute to IAPD's profile development. These may include policy development, issue expertise, coalitions, Hill testimony and others, all orchestrated to establish IAPD as a thoughtful, serious and credible player for lawmakers and their staffs. Efforts include:
A critical piece of our profile development effort is to produce an accurate story whose impact will be critical to the strength IAPD will have in Washington. As such, IAPD will start by collecting industry job data in order to show our industry's economic impact, including:
IAPD's most important asset is our members, with their dynamic leadership, strong employee base and demographic diversity. In 2014, IAPD started educating our members on the importance their engagement will have and worked to provide them with the information, skills and incentive to engage. In 2015, we will continue this effort through our data identification efforts coupled with our grassroots infrastructure plan that will include:
The more that IAPD and its members engage with our elected leaders, the greater the target we become for solicitation of campaign contributions. We believe that we should support our elected leaders who share our values. Therefore, IAPD has established the IAPD Plastics PAC, which supports the Members of Congress who defend our best interests in Washington, provides IAPD members opportunities to education Members of Congress on the realities of our industry and counters the messages delivered by PACs formed by groups supporting other materials, such as metals, wood and glass.
On April 30-May 1, 2019, IAPD members will spend a valuable day on Capitol Hill educating our policymakers about the benefits of performance plastics and the kind of economic impact we're making in their districts. These meetings are an important way to ensure that they are aware of your needs as well as the differences between performance plastics and single-use plastics. To cap off the day, we'll host a reception for the Members of Congress and their staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building. To help show the many ways in which performance plastics contribute to the economy, we will have displays set up showing performance plastics in action! We are looking for IAPD members who can display a truly eye-catching application of performance plastics in any of the Top 26 Markets for performance plastics.
All IAPD members are encouraged to attend this fly-in, regardless of whether they are presenting an application. We will be arranging one-on-one meetings with your legislators, giving you the opportunity to discuss the industry and your business, and encourage them to see the impressive ways in which performance plastics are improving life for everyone.
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