Last month, the ISRI Southeast Chapter hosted a lobbying training day.
Tennessee recyclers shared the humble snack of bologna sandwiches with legislators and staff at the Tennessee state capitol in the resurgence of a tradition known as Bologna Day. According to Tennessee Representative Judd Matheny (District 47), who was the opening speaker, the event opened opportunities for recyclers to talk about many of their political questions and concerns with state officials and served as a very effective marketing and outreach tool for which the industry generated significant positive feedback from policymakers. In addition to Matheny, the Southeast chapter’s lobbying training brought in subject matter experts on key policy matters impacting recyclers along with comprehensive discussions with the chapter’s seven state lobbyists on how ISRI members can engage successfully at their state capitals to advocate on their interests. The topics covered are those that the industry is facing in every state, and so the chapter opened registration to the lobbyists of any ISRI chapter. According to the Pacific Northwest Chapter’s Washington State lobbyist who attended, the training was “a very well-organized, well-presented meeting” from which she walked away with a “packet of possible legislative fixes used in other states” and valuable information on subjects she did not know as well as others.
For more information on the training day, contact Southeast Chapter President Tom Rice or Danielle Waterfield.