TIA Coffee Week Connects Companies with Local Legislators

August 25, 2013 | Toy Industry Association (TIA) members met with their home district Congressional representatives last week to discuss their individual companies’ needs and the vital role that their businesses play in local economies at TIA’s first Congressional District Coffee Week.

The most recent addition to TIA’s grassroots advocacy initiatives, District Coffee Week was held August 19-23 to coincide with Congressional summer recess, when U.S. senators and representatives typically return to their home districts to meet with constituents.

Member companies of all sizes that participated in this initiative held meetings with Congressional representatives in Minnesota, California, Ohio, Washington and Connecticut. TIA helped schedule and facilitate the face-to-face meetings and provided companies with background documents on industry issues and briefing materials regarding the economic impact of the toy industry in each state and / or district. 

“Our first Congressional District Coffee Week was a great way to capitalize on a time when legislators were visiting their districts during summer recess,” said Andy Hackman, TIA vice president of government affairs.  “Our members were able to raise awareness among their local representatives about the jobs that their businesses support and the vital impact that their companies have on the local economy.”