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Spring Meeting: Action 2017

ARA’s 2017 Hill Day and State Legislative Summit in Washington, DC will address pressing industry concerns with lawmakers and attendees.

The professional automotive recycling will convene on May 1-2, 2017 where ARA will welcome attendees from across the country to Washington, DC to participate in the Association’s annual Capitol Hill Days. What has become important annual events for many ARA members, the State Legislative Summit and Hill Day provide unique opportunities for auto recyclers to educate Members of Congress about the issues important to the industry as well as dialogue with fellow ARA members about the legislative issues they are facing.

Open to all ARA members interested in or active in public policy impacting the auto recycling industry, ARA members can take advantage of the collective experiences and information shared by recyclers across the country during the State Legislative Summit on Monday, May 1st, an event which typically draws recyclers from over 20 states.
On Tuesday, May 2nd ARA members will meet with their Members of Congress to educate them about the industry and request support from federal representatives to require automotive manufacturers provide OE parts data to recycled parts inventory management systems. A Board of Directors meeting is expected to take place on Sunday afternoon, April 30.

According to Michael Wilson, CEO of ARA, “Much interest was generated last year from our members’ Capitol Hill visits, which laid the groundwork for the introduction of legislation in September.”

Recyclers participating in ARA’s Hill Days generally consist of both returning members and first-time participants. Wilson notes, “ARA members look forward to these annual events to reconnect with their peers, as well as their legislators and to update them on issues affecting the industry on the national, state and local levels. Those automotive recyclers who are frequent Hill Day attendees enjoy visiting with members and staff who are now familiar with the profession and our issues.”

As the only professional association whose sole purpose is to promote a fair, open marketplace for OEM recycled parts, ARA holds its annual Hill Days as a means of reinforcing year-long efforts to elicit congressional support for critical issues impacting the industry. Often, the relationships formed during Hill Days allow for working more closely with Congressional representatives when they return to their districts, and it gives politically active ARA members a means of meeting more effectively at a federal level.

ARA members are uniquely qualified to communicate with policymakers to help them understand the value of recycled automotive parts and make sure they have access to valid, reliable information about the industry. When professional automotive recyclers speak with one consistent voice, the industry has more influence, and the efforts of ARA staff to represent the profession in Washington and throughout the country are strengthened.

For more information on attending these annual Association events, please contact ARA or visit www.a-r-a.org