The value of hosting a plant tour for your local member of Congress cannot be overstated. WDMA’s work in Washington is complimented by your work outside the Capital Beltway. Hosting plant tours on your home turf is a vital step in building long lasting and personal relationships with your legislators and the key members of their staff.
Visiting regularly with your legislators both in-state and on Capitol Hill is critical, but it is just as important to invite them to personally visit your company’s plant facilities. Tours will enable you to reinforce and personalize your message by having members of Congress interact with your employees while showing them what your company is all about. You make a powerful argument for your concerns when your legislators and their key staffers tour your plant facilities, learn about your products, and see how you boost their constituency with economic activity and jobs. A tour and time to meet with select workers provides legislators with a better sense of how potential legislation could impact your company and its employees.
Communicating and touring with staffers can be just as valuable and important as a relationship with your legislator. In many instances, staff members are the issues experts and they hold the trust and attention of the legislator on a daily basis. Including district office and Capitol Hill staffers on factory tours will make for an even better return on your investment of time and energy.
A tour and regular follow-ups can make for a mutually beneficial relationship between you and your member of Congress. Members of Congress are always thinking about the next election and where to cut and spend, so use a tour to get your legislator thinking about your company and your workers, who will be voting on Election Day.
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If you have any questions or would like to host a tour,
please contact Kevin McKenney, Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-367-2480.