Local or National: TIA Needs You to Participate in Grassroots Advocacy

July 19, 2013 |The Toy Industry Association (TIA) works hand-in-hand with its members to identify legislative issues that matter the most to toy companies, and bring those key issues to the attention of federal and state lawmakers around the country through a variety of grassroots advocacy programs. 

From small to large companies, toy businesses face similar concerns: stringent customs regulations, redundant chemicals testing requirements, how to responsibly market to children, and more. Grassroots initiatives give companies of all sizes the opportunity to influence legislative decisions by meeting directly with lawmakers to explain who they are, what is important to them, and how policies actually impact their businesses.

But advocacy efforts are only successful if companies lend their powerful voices to the ongoing conversation. Member engagement is critical to the success of TIA’s advocacy programs, such as the upcoming local and national events taking place later this summer and into fall:

  1. TIA’s 6th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In is an ideal way to get involved. The event, held September 17-19, brings toy company representatives to the nation’s capital for in-person meetings with federal legislators and regulators to discuss the toy industry’s vital contribution to the U.S. economy.

    Registration is now open for the DC Fly-In. Attendees are eligible for a negotiated hotel room rate of $229 at the Grand Hyatt Washington; reservations can be made online or by calling 202.582.1234.

  2. Companies that would prefer to remain local can participate in Congressional District Coffee Week, which offers a unique opportunity for industry stakeholders to meet privately with their Congressional representative within their local district. Taking place August 19-23, the program coincides with Congressional summer recess, when U.S. Senators and Representatives return to their districts to meet with constituents.

    TIA will oversee the scheduling of all meetings. Company representatives can primarily speak to their company and its products; TIA staff will provide talking points and other informational documents regarding key industry issues. Registration is now open.  

For more information about the DC Fly-In, Congressional District Coffee Week, or other TIA grassroots initiatives, contact TIA’s Andy Hackman, vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356).