AMT’s Advocacy department promotes public policy to strengthen America’s manufacturing technology industry. The goals are aligned with AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate priorities of boosting R&D and innovation; enhancing global competitiveness; and building a “smartforce” prepared to take on the challenges of today’s manufacturing workplace. AMT strives to work across party lines on the bipartisan objective of building a world-class manufacturing sector.
Advocacy also helps AMT members build relationships with their members of Congress through the legislative action center on AMTonline; by arranging plant tours and congressional visits; and, new this year, by building a network of AMT members called the “Advocacy Advisors,” which is a group of volunteers who will provide input and data on the policy issues facing the industry.
“Amber brings more than 20 years of experience with AMT and specifically in Advocacy (formerly known as Government Relations) to her new position,” says AMT President Doug Woods. “She has a great understanding of the inner workings of Capitol Hill, as well as the key agencies and departments most impacting our members. Most importantly she knows our industry and our members so she can actively promote for the critical issues our industry needs.”
“We face many challenges ahead, but together with AMT’s dedicated membership we can maintain the focus on manufacturing in the 113th Congress and the second Obama administration and have a positive impact on the outcome.” Critical to our success is the major step forward we are taking this month by launching the Advocacy Advisors initiative. AMT members participating in the legislative process is the best tool we have to promote our industry on Capitol Hill,” Thomas says.
More information is available about AMT’s Advocacy efforts at www.AMTonline.org/Advocacy.