GMA Lobby Day 2014

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will conduct its next Lobby Day November 18-19, 2014.

How to Attend

There is no registration fee for GMA members to attend GMA Lobby Day. A fee of $1,000 is collected from non-members. Register by October 17, 2014 to ensure effective scheduling of meetings with your Congressional delegation.


Registration ends on October 17, 2014.

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Hotel Information

There is no hotel block this fall due to a large, concurrent conference in Washington, D.C. Please reserve a hotel room as soon as possible to avoid inconvenience. Rates in and near downtown Washington, D.C. as of August 2014 are between $250 and $500 per night.

In recent years, GMA made significant strides to raise the profile and importance of the geosynthetics industry in Washington, D.C. Many members of Congress are willing to actively advocate for our industry. We owe a large part of our success to the continued participation of GMA membership. It is critical that GMA members maintain their diligent role and inform members of Congress of the issues affecting their constituents. GMA appreciates the hard work of its members and looks forward to continued advocacy.

The following issues and action items will be addressed during the event:

  • Thanking members of Congress for their support and passage into law of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA);
  • Discussing the life cycle costs and benefits of incorporating innovative materials in pavements and in other construction applications;
  • Emphasizing the benefits of deploying geosynthetic liners in coal ash waste sites;
  • Encouraging Congress to pass a long-term and well-funded transportation appropriations bill;
  • Continuing relationship development with your members of Congress.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, November 18

5:00 p.m. - GMA Dinner and Executive Council Meeting, Smith & Wollensky

Lobby day participants are invited to the GMA dinner during which the GMA Executive Council will conduct its business meeting. Afterwards, GMA's lobbying firm, Whitmer & Worrall, will provide participants with a briefing on the following day's activities and an overview of the current state of politics in Washington, D.C. Each participant will receive a folder containing information for their individual or group visits with their congressional delegation, including meeting times and locations.

Wednesday, November 19

7:45 a.m. – Kick-off and Continental Breakfast, Whitmer & Worrall Office

9:00 a.m. – All-day Meetings on Capitol Hill (Non-mandatory debriefing to follow immediately)

Contact Lucie Passus, Division Supervisor, at 651.225.6956 or with any questions regarding GMA Lobby Day.