Destinations Magazine – September/October 2020 - 23

FRIENDS IN

HIGH PLACES
Know your congressional leaders before you need them
BY PAMELA BROSSMAN

ORHAN CAM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM.

H

aving "friends in high
places"-a phrase that means
you know someone of social
or political influence-can
certainly be an asset in both your personal and professional life. Under our
nation's democratic system, we all have
an opportunity to have these friends in
our elected officials-those who represent
and work for us. And this spring, when the
COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation,
the motorcoach travel and tourism industry desperately needed friends.
Several American Bus Association
members had been cultivating strong
relationships with their elected officials
over time, so when the crisis hit, they
knew they could call on them. But if you
aren't regularly developing relationships
with your officials, those "friends" may
not be there when you need them.
"When it comes to having a voice in
D.C., especially during times of crisis,
strong relationships with members of

Congress and their staff is your greatest
asset," says ABA's Senior Vice President
of Government Affairs & Policy, Suzanne
Rohde. "But it's important to realize
that these relationships, like any other
relationship, take time and investment to
build and develop. Your officials need to
hear from you regularly and not just when
it's an emergency or crisis. This does not
mean sending form letters or reaching out
for no reason, but rather a concerted effort
to build a rapport, educating your officials
and their staff on your specific business
and what it means to the community."
One of the most effective ways to build a
relationship with congressional representatives is through face-to-face meetings.
Often, these officials host various local
events that provide an opportunity to
make a connection, such as town hall
meetings. Constituents can schedule a
meeting at the local or "district" office in
D.C. (ABA can assist with making these
arrangements), or invite the official or

staff to visit your
facility. Wherever
you meet, "it is
critical to follow
up, continue to
Members of Congress
nurture these
can change every
election cycle, and
relationships, and
the turnover rate
build that good
for staff is even
higher. Cultivating
will," says Rohde.
relationships with
members and their
"Remember, they
staff is an ongoing
are your elected
effort.
officials and can
only represent you
effectively if they know you."

HOT

TIP

'Do Not Wait Until a Crisis Occurs'
Perhaps the best advice comes from ABA
member motorcoach operators, tour operators, convention and visitors bureaus, and
attractions that were strong advocates for
the motorcoach and travel industry during
the pandemic-and are great examples of
how to continually show Congress what it
means when we say, "Buses move America."
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