A group of association members and staff traveled to Atlanta, GA, to meet with members of the Georgia General Assembly to discuss the aftermarket industry and its challenges. Throughout the years that AAAS members have made these visits, they have established relationships with their state legislators.
Matt Ward, director of government relations, said, “We must continue to tell our story both at the state and federal level to help ensure the aftermarket remains healthy and viable into the future. We want our legislators to know they have a resource for information when legislation comes along that could positively or negatively impact the aftermarket.”
Attendees focused their conversations with legislators on some of the challenges they face, including the impact of tariffs on the automotive sector, technological changes to the industry through telematics and embedded software, and the industry’s skilled labor shortage. They also emphasized the importance of the industry’s role in Georgia’s economy as well as the country’s, noting that the aftermarket industry represents more than 80,000 jobs in Georgia and more than 4.6 million in the United States.
One of the event’s attendees, Bobby Brannon of PSKB, Inc. stated, “I really enjoyed visiting with my representatives and am appreciative of the opportunity to participate in this year’s Capitol Day event. Having the chance to tell our story and explain the value we bring to the economy is a great service to our industry.”
While the 2019 Georgia Capitol Day was a major success, AAAS is just getting started. The 2019 Mississippi Capitol Day will take place on Feb. 13; the Florida Capitol Day will take place from March 26—27; and the AL Capitol Day will take place in Montgomery on April 17.
Ward added, “AAAS seeks to preserve an open and competitive market for businesses in the aftermarket, and these annual Capitol Day events are an important part of achieving that goal. Please consider joining your colleagues in their efforts to promote the aftermarket by attending Capitol Day in your state! These events would not be successful without member participation, and AAAS is thankful to those who have participated this year and in past years.”
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