AED Headquarters Now Co-located in Washington D. C. and Oak BrookCED Magazine
Article Date: 01-01-2011
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In a move to strengthen AED's presence in Washington, D.C., and enhance the association's impact on the political process, AED has opened a new Washington headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between Capitol Hill and the White House. The office officially opened Dec. 1, 2010.
As part of the initiative, which was approved in September by AED's Board, AED President and CEO Toby Mack will be splitting his time between Oak Brook, Ill., and Washington, D.C., as he works to raise AED's profile among senior elected officials and leading trade associations. The Oak Brook administrative offices will continue to house the majority of the AED staff.
"Our members have told us that public policy advocacy is job No. 1, and they believe it should command half of our focus and resources," said Mack.
The goal is for Mack to have more personal engagement with Washington legislators as well as a closer working relationship with the leadership of AED's coalition partners headquartered in Washington, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors, the American Road and Transportation Builders, National Utility Contractors Association, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors. "Improving CEO-to-CEO relationships will be advantageous to AED," said Mack, "and will allow us to leverage our investment in efforts such as the Transportation Construction Coalition."
First up on Mack's agenda will be to meet with new members of Congress and new leadership within the committees most influential to AED concerns.
"The move comes at a time when the stakes are high," said Mack. "The Highway Bill will be a top priority in 2011, as will tax legislation," said Mack. "We need to build many new relationships with new members of Congress, committee chairs and staffs."
AED Vice President of Government Affairs Christian Klein and rest of the association's public policy team will continue to operate out of the association's Government Affairs Office in Alexandria, Va.
AED's new Washington headquarters is located at:
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 900 - South Building
Washington, D.C., 20004
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