OAIMA hosts legislative reception at Ohio Statehouse

Kerry Clines

March 20, 2017

Legislative Meeting at the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) hosted more than 150 attendees during its annual “Legislative Reception” at the Ohio Statehouse. The event provides an opportunity for OAIMA members to speak with legislators about issues that are important to them and their businesses. A major focus this year was the Transportation Budget, as well as Land Use and Zoning, Regulatory Constraints, Transportation of Aggregates, and Workforce Development. OAIMA provides talking points and handouts to educate lawmakers on the importance of the industry and its contributions to Ohio’s economy. In addition to funding, topics included

In a press release, OAIMA President Todd Young (Mar-Zane Materials, Zanesville, Ohio) points out, “The annual OAIMA legislative reception is so important to the success of the aggregates industry in Ohio. Most legislators, like most citizens of the state, do not know where the basic resources that build Ohio and keep our transportation systems moving come from. Meeting with them early in the legislative session, in a highly visible manner, in the heart of the statehouse, puts the aggregates and industrial minerals industry in a positive light and allows us to form personal and lasting relationships with those who can impact our businesses the most.”

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“Not only does this event give our members an opportunity to meet and speak with their state legislators in a comfortable setting, but they also form lasting relationships with the legislative staff,” adds OAIMA Executive Director Pat Jacomet in the press release. “The statehouse provides a great venue as we are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of tons of locally mined limestone. We also invite the Ohio Geologic Survey to join us to further drive home the message for the need for access to locally available resources. At the end of the day, we want Ohio’s lawmakers to think of our members when legislative issues arise that could have an impact on us and our ability to supply our critical commodities. This allows us to work through potential issues before they become problematic or contentious. This event, plant tours, and continued dialogue are at the heart of our grass roots efforts here in Ohio.”

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