When you think of summer, the beach, state fairs, and family vacations usually come to mind. Here at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), however, our summer means something a little different—opportunity. During the month of August when Washington, DC, slows down and Congress heads home for recess, the state affairs and political mobilization teams will fan out across the country to create opportunities to further our industry’s advocacy goals in a grassroots initiative we’re calling #ACCaugust.
Across America, the $801 billion business of chemistry is driving innovation and job creation. Our industry alone provides over 800,000 skilled, good-paying American jobs, plus nearly six million related jobs. With #ACCaugust, ACC and our members will show our elected officials exactly how critical chemistry is to our global, national, state, and local economies.
Through plant tours, in-district meetings, and industry roundtable discussions, we will meet with Members of Congress and showcase the vital importance of our industry where it matters the most—in their districts. Whether we are giving a tour of a local chemical facility to a Senator in Wyoming or sitting down at a roundtable discussion with a Congresswoman from Alabama, #ACCaugust will illustrate our ability to raise elected officials’ awareness of our member companies and the vital products they manufacture.
In DC, schedules are tight, and meetings are short and generally held with congressional staff. The August recess gives us the opportunity to interact with the elected officials in their districts and showcase the great work being done by their constituents in the business of chemistry. Already in 2015, ACC has engaged 112 member companies, organized 48 in-state/district meetings, facilitated 141 ACC member company CEO letters on TSCA reform, and enabled over 2,500 grassroots letters to be sent. We are not done yet!