Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 22

How To Host an Effective
Congressional Site Tour
When lawmakers visit your
plant or facility, it's a prime
opportunity to help ensure
support for the asphalt
pavement industry on
Capitol Hill.
By Ashley Jackson

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our work at home can
complement the work
of the National Asphalt
Pavement Association's
government affairs team
on Capitol Hill, and together we can
continue to make a strong case for
asphalt. Hosting a plant or facility
tour is one of the most effective ways
to educate your elected officials and
their staff on the need for increased
sustainable highway funding.
Interacting with lawmakers at your
site is a critical step in building longlasting relationships with them,
and provides an opportunity for
legislators to better understand your
business and focus their attention
on the asphalt pavement industry's
priorities.
As a part of NAPA's grassroots
activities, the government affairs
team launched an aggressive
campaign in 2017 requesting
that asphalt pavement producers
and contractors nationwide host
plant or facility tours during the
district work periods to discuss
highway funding issues pending
before the 115th Congress. Those
who conducted site tours received

An Oldcastle plant in Alabama hosts Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) (far right).

checks from the NAPA Political
Action Committee to give to U.S.
representatives and/or senators
during their visits. This strengthens
NAPA's message and shows support
for our advocates in Congress.
Meeting with representatives and
senators in their office is important,
but, in the context of a site tour, you
can better set the scene for dynamic
engagement that underscores your
company's role in growing your
state's economic vitality. Tours allow
members of Congress to meet with
their constituents and see firsthand
how the policies enacted in
Washington affect the community.
Likewise, a site visit is your chance
to point to your accomplishments,
discuss the challenges asphalt
contractors face, and offer solutions
to stabilizing and growing the
federal-aid highway program into
the future.

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During the tour, legislators
can meet your employees to learn
more about your operations. In
the field, Congress members gain
a more complete picture of how
potential legislation could impact
your company and the job market
of the constituency. Your legislators
are always thinking about the
next election, campaign strategies,
where to cut, where to spend, and
how to use federal funds. With this
in mind, use the tour to remind
lawmakers that securing sustainable
and increased federal surface
transportation investment is crucial
to the economic sustainability your
company provides the electorate
and the employees who will be
voting for his/her re-election. This
is your chance to make a powerful
pitch to ensure your concerns - and
ultimately those of the industry -
are heard.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Tools for the Trade
Meet the Chairman: Craig Parker
How to Host an Effective Congressional Site Tour
Quality in Construction: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Quality in Construction: The Larry H. Lemon Awards
Quality in Construction: The Ray Brown Airport Award
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
Perspectives
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 5
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 6
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 7
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - President’s Perspective
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 9
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 10
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Industry News
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 12
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 13
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 14
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 15
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Tools for the Trade
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 17
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Meet the Chairman: Craig Parker
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 19
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 20
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - How to Host an Effective Congressional Site Tour
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 23
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 24
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 25
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 39
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Larry H. Lemon Awards
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Ray Brown Airport Award
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - NAPA Quality in Construction Awards
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 65
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 66
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Industry Calendar
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Perspectives
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