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GMA NEWS
GMA is dedicated to
our members' success.
GMA actively identifies,
assesses, analyzes
and acts upon market
growth opportunities
and issues that affect
its member companies.
The activities of
the association are
proactive in nature and
center on five areas:
» Engineering support
» Business development
» Education
» Government relations
» Geosynthetics industry
recognition
By Fred C. Chuck and Bryan Gee
GMA has lots of exciting work to do
G
overnment affairs, infrastructure spending and planning have been the watchwords
for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) this spring. In April GMA
hosted three morning geosynthetics sessions as part of the annual Industrial Fabrics
Association International (IFAI) Outlook Conference, the premier leadership event for
industries represented by IFAI's 13 divisions. This year's conference was held at the Omni
Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., which has hosted 23 U.S. presidents over the years.
While a commander-in-chief did not attend the conference, the event attracted dozens of
key industry leaders and several prominent speakers. The geosynthetics sessions included
talks with Dave Bauer of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association,
Jay Hansen of the National Asphalt Pavement Association and Carolyn Slaughter of the
American Public Power Association. Topics ranged from environmental policies affecting
public power, including updates on disposal of coal combustion residuals, to the effects
of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on the transportation sector and
how funding from the law will be appropriated by Congress.
In May GMA held the 2022 spring Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., meetings which
Fred C. Chuck is the
executive director of GMA.
focused on the implementation of the IIJA. While we had hoped to be back to normal
visitation procedures on Capitol Hill, meetings between Lobby Day attendees and members
of Congress took place in a variety of formats-face-to-face in congressional offices,
virtual meetings or a lunchtime reception-to meet the comfort level of lawmakers. In
preparation for Lobby Day, participants spent many hours analyzing the $1.2 trillion
IIJA's provisions to determine which parts of the law offer the most opportunity for the
geosynthetics industry and GMA members. Conversations focused on several key areas,
including the Centers of Excellence for the study of sustainability and resilience, new
funding mechanisms for local projects, resiliency and protective features funding under
the National Highway Performance Program (authorized under the Fixing America's
Surface Transportation Act of 2015), and the IIJA's " Buy America " provisions.
While spring Lobby Day is in the books, GMA's government affairs work continues.
Bryan Gee is the director of
education and training for
Tensar International Corp.
and the chair of the GMA
executive council.
The association expects a busy second half of 2022. There will be more to do on implementation
of funding from the IIJA, as well as advocacy work on upcoming major legislation
concerning water resources and disaster response. GMA is also expanding efforts to
build even stronger working relationships with the executive branch at federal agencies
including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
GMA has lots of exciting work to do, and the association needs the help of the geosynthetics
industry to continue to achieve GMA's advocacy goals. Contact GMA executive
director Fred C. Chuck at fcchuck@ifai.com to learn more. G
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Geosynthetics is the official
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