Recently, there have been important discussions about the value of permitting government employees to freely attend educational and professional meetings and events hosted by trade associations.
The knowledge sharing opportunities that take place among associations’ subject matter experts and America’s civil servants at these events should not be underestimated. The open dialog and free exchange of industry information between association’s researchers, scientists and other executives and those who use that information to serve the public makes our country stronger.
With free and open attendance at trade show meetings and events, government-association collaboration helps puts people to work, keeps Americans safe and secure, supports innovative technologies and much, much more. Here are some examples of the power of trade association meetings and events:
- Government officials meet with transportation associations to ensure traffic safety devices and protocols are accessible for people with disabilities.
- Associations bring military and homeland security officials to conferences to discuss the newest standards for secure military and counterterrorism practices.
- Associations work in partnership with agriculture and education officials to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
- Low-income housing associations strategize with IRS and HUD officials to create tax incentives that promote home ownership for disadvantaged families.
- Commerce and Homeland Security personnel work with the private sector and associations to improve airline safety while making business and personal travel easier and more convenient.
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