Rep. Wittman tours ATSSA HQ

By Vice President of Government Relations, Nate Smith

Site visit shows importance of communicating with legislators

On Monday, Nov. 13, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) toured ATSSA’s headquarters office in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to learn more about the roadway safety industry and meet the staff members who make the ATSSA trains run on time. 
Wittman met with ATSSA’s Executive Team to receive a history and outlook of our industry and association and then toured the building to individually meet our staff members. Finally, we hosted a town hall-styled question and answer session for ATSSA staff members to ask Congressman Wittman policy questions. 

We honored Wittman as an “honorary flagger” for his past experiences and continued support of our industry. While he served as mayor of Montross, Virginia, Wittman would pitch in to help flagging operations and because of this, took ATSSA’s Flagger and Traffic Control Technician training courses. I can safely say that Wittman is the only member of Congress to have taken an ATSSA training course. 

Legislative visits like this one are one of the ways that ATSSA members can both strengthen their relationships with legislators and help our industry amplify our voice with key decision-makers. ATSSA staff members work with the legislative offices to schedule these events and will assist with the logistics as well. In addition to the lobbying efforts of the ATSSA Government Relations team and our annual Legislative Briefing and Fly-In, site visits to your facilities and work zones help members of Congress and state legislators see firsthand the impact that roadway safety infrastructure projects have on the community. 
If you are interested in learning more, or setting up a site visit, please reach out to the ATSSA Government Relations team at nathan.smith@atssa.com

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