Presidents Report: January 2014
Dear fellow Georgia Recyclers Association members,
Happy New Year!! I hope that you and your family enjoyed a great holiday season. We wanted to kick the year off with a report from the GRA to update you as to the activities that have been taking place and what our plans are for 2014.
2013 was a great year for the association, and we are most pleased with the direction that our organization is heading. We are also very pleased with our increased visibility amongst the legislators and our fellow stakeholders on the issue of metal theft and other issues of relevance to our industry.
We are pleased that The Hudson Group will continue to represent us at the Capitol. There is a report from Brian Hudson included in this email that details their activities and a preview for the upcoming session. While they do a tremendous job for us professionally, it remains critical for all of our members to remain engaged with their elected officials. Please continue to reach out to your elected officials about important issues as alerts are issued. It has been stated over and over that "all politics is local," and it is important that the legislators hear from you on issues of importance to the scrap recycling industry in Georgia.
You will also see a report from Chip Koplin in this email about the incredible Law Enforcement Training that the GRA sponsored in the fall. This also demonstrated to law enforcement, legislators and other stakeholders that the GRA is committed to the reduction of metal theft in Georgia. Our proactive role on this issue has been widely praised around the state and continues to build on our positive working relationship with these other parties.
It was great seeing so many of you at our annual meeting in November. You will recall my comments on the importance of your continued membership, support and involvement in the GRA. Protecting our industry from bad legislation and regulation is a permanent task - even in years that are quiet. It is important to note - the fact that it is "quiet" means that our voice is being heard and that our hard work is paying off.
I urge you to remain active in the GRA, and continue to help us recruit new members into the association, and encourage all members to renew their membership. If alerts come from us about the need to contact your legislators or to travel to Atlanta - please do so immediately. We continue to recruit new associate members of the GRA from the vendors, suppliers and service providers that we encounter in our business. Your assistance in helping us to retain members as well as recruiting new members is critical to our continued success.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of our board and professional team with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Their contact information is listed in this email for your reference. Our officers and board have been tasked with several projects to strengthen the organization, so please be willing to help when called upon to do so.
Thanks again for your commitment to the GRA. Our continued success depends on you!
The Georgia Recyclers Association
2014 Pre-Session Update
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year! It is that time of year when the Georgia General Assembly goes back into session for 40 Legislative Days and that time of year that the Georgia Recyclers Association are most engaged in helping to protect your business from additional regulations and burdens.
The Georgia Recyclers Association had a very productive year in 2013. We made significant headway in building the GRA brand and helping to protect GRA members' interest. Some of the major achievements of 2013 include:
The Hudson Group, LLC
Georgia Recyclers Association
hosts Metal Theft Training for
Georgia Law Enforcement
The Georgia Recyclers Association organized and hosted a very successful Metal Theft Training for Georgia Law Enforcement on October 29th at the Georgia Electrical Cooperative Training Center in Monroe County near Forsyth. Over 70 members of law enforcement from across Georgia and 20 other attendees, including members of the Georgia General Assembly, the media and critical stakeholders participated in the 4 hour training session and lunch. Attendees heard from several presenters from across the state with the overall message from Sheriffs, Atlanta Police, and the Attorney General's office that the current law was working and that crime was down across the state and that it couldn't have been accomplished without the help and support of the recyclers. The training was also promoted by the Georgia Sheriff's Association and Georgia Chiefs of Police Association.
Frank Goulding, Vice President of Marketing of Newell Recycling in East Point served as the session moderator. After Goulding's opening remarks, the group was welcomed by the host of the event, Tom Parker, Vice President of External Affairs of Georgia Transmission Corporation. Georgia Transmission along with their sister companies, Oglethorpe Power and Georgia EMC were kind enough to allow the GRA to use their beautiful training center for the event. Parker spoke briefly on the rural electrical cooperatives commitment to the reduction of metal theft for many years in Georgia. Read more ....
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Macon
GRA Immediate Past President
President, Rick Caldwell
Treasurer/Secretary, Linda Lott
Vice-President, Michael Fairman
Immediate Past President, I Chip Koplin
Board of Directors:
Governmental Affairs Consultant:
Brian Hudson, The Hudson Group