ITA Sales Representative Allen Hodges visits Washington D.C. in January

Jan 15, 2020

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From the Desk of Allen Hodges, ITA Sales Representative
January 8-10, 2020

The ATA puts on training once a year in January for the State Associations that have new staff, so they can better understand what the ATA does and the role it has with the State Associations. There was six of us this year and it was very intense and the one thing I took away from it is that without the state associations ATA cannot exist and they are here to support us in many ways.

The course training involved presentations from ATA staff in the following policy committees, Image and Outreach, Economic Report, Membership and Marketing, ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute), Litigation and Tort Reform, Technology and Engineering, Highway Policy, Independent Contractor and Workforce Development, Safety Committee, Energy and Environment, Tax Policy, ATA Councils, Office of Public Affairs and Transport Topics.

They also brought in Kendra Hems, Executive of the New York Association for over twenty years to discuss with us membership, staffing in the State Association offices, and sharing the up and downs she has experienced with running the Trucking Association of New York.

The ATA headquarters is about 15 minutes from the U.S. Capitol and ATA has their lobbying office on The Hill about a block and half away from the Capitol. We were taken there, introduced to the staff and a given a tour of the office. From what I understand, the Call On Washington is a program in which trucking industry leaders in tandem with their State Association Executives go and meet with elected officials and discuss issues in the trucking industry. ITA Board Members are invited to attend a Call On Washington event in May, it’s a valuable opportunity to get the latest information about our industry and speak to our elected officials in Washington directly.

Tour of U.S. Capitol:
While in Washington D.C. for ATA training, the staff at the ATA Legislative Affairs office discovered that I had never been there before and arranged a private tour of the U.S. Capitol. I had the honor of meeting Idaho’s Congressman Russ Fulcher and his aid gave me a private tour of the U.S. Capitol. During the tour I was able to share more about what the Idaho Trucking Association is about and create a new connection with Congressman Fulcher’s staff.

I would like thank Congressman Fulcher for taking the time to meet me and to his staff for the private tour of the U.S. Capitol. It will be something that I will never forget. ITA

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