Summer may be winding down by the time August comes around, but ACC’s Political Mobilization activities will be in full swing! Taking advantage of the August recess when elected officials are back in their home districts, we hit the road to showcase the broad-reaching benefits of the business of chemistry in an effort we call #ACCaugust. Building upon the momentum and success of last year, #ACCaugust Round 2 plans to pack a punch into the seven-week summer recess with high-energy tours and roundtables with even better ways to join the conversation. We hope you’ll follow along for #ACCaugust 2.0!
In just one month last year, 38 elected officials participated in 40 events, including plant tours, industry roundtables, and town hall meetings with employees at facilities in their districts, exceeding our goal of coordinating 25 tours. Our staff of road warriors traveled thousands of miles to 20 states, including Alaska, to help build relationships between elected officials and their chemistry industry constituents back at home.
Through these tours we are able to highlight how important each facility was to the local community and how chemistry impacts the state and federal economy. The business of chemistry is a major factor in the nation’s manufacturing renaissance, providing 810,000 high-paying skilled jobs that supports over a quarter of the U.S. GDP. All who participate are able to see how chemistry is vital to everyday life and that the business of chemistry directly touches more than 96% of all manufactured goods.
But one successful #ACCaugust is not enough! This August, we will be back on the road visiting facilities and meeting with influential federal and state elected officials. Not only are we looking to make a bigger impact, but we are bringing more to the table this year, including a brand new online community highlighting the importance of chemistry, Chemistry Matters. Bringing together chemical industry friends and colleagues across the U.S., Chemistry Matters aims to connect elected officials with the business of chemistry, educate the broader community, and advocate for the advancement of policies that benefit chemistry.
During the month of August and beyond, be sure to check on our progress and see what innovative products chemistry is helping to create by following the tours and town halls here on our blog, on our new Twitter account @AmChemMatters, or our Facebook page. Participate in the experience by joining the conversation using the hashtags #ACCaugust and #ChemistryMatters.
Want to get even more involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if an event is coming to your state!