KAM - Delivering YOUR Message in Frankfort and Washington D.C.
Repeatedly, when I talk to KAM members all around the state about their KAM membership and what is the most important benefit we provide, Advocacy is at the top of the list. It has become clear to me that our members also have a very good understanding of how their operations are impacted by government. In response to that, KAM has tried to allocate its resources to make advocacy a top priority.
I know it is difficult for an individual plant manager to understand the complexities of government and keep tabs on 138 legislators, 435 congressmen, or the activities of numerous regulatory agencies. That is where KAM provides a very important benefit to our members. We have engaged an extraordinary team of lobbyists on the ground in Frankfort that are experienced, well connected and well respected to take our message to the General Assembly. We have representation in Washington D.C. as well through our relationships with BIPAC and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). From time to time we will need your assistance, determining the impact bills will have on your operations and asking you to contact your legislators to share your thoughts and views on bills. My tenth grade Civics teacher taught me a lesson that I have never forgotten: “Democracy requires participation.” Little did she know that I would grow up and have the opportunity to serve as a State Senator. I guess you can say that is one lesson that I learned well. For business today this same lesson rings true. No longer can business sit on the sidelines and hope that government will act in our best interest. KAM invests heavily in our advocacy efforts, but you are an integral piece of our team. Without your critical input and invaluable legislative relationships, our KAM Team could not carry our message effectively to Frankfort and Washington.
Greg Higdon, President & CEOKentucky Association of Manufacturers