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Strong 2018 Membership Growth and Impressive 2019 Summit Attendance Propels South Central Region Toward Banner Year

2018 was a banner year for new members and compact equipment dealers from AED’s largest region, South Central, with 10 new dealers added. Many of these dealers jump-started their AED membership by attending Summit. This year as we celebrated the Association’s 100th anniversary in Orlando, we saw an impressive turnout amid a hybrid of new and veteran AED member dealers. Notable attendees included Bottom Line Equipment, J & B Underground / Ditch Witch of South Louisiana, Hlavinka Equipment, Mid-America Equipment, IntegraVision / MGB & Company, Lansdowne-Moody, Ditch Witch Mid-South, Ditch Witch of Central Texas and Springdale Tractor.

The economy is booming nationwide and AED dealers are looking east to Washington, D.C., for an infrastructure bill. To that end, South Central region members are fielding a lot of requests to book congressional visits at their dealerships this spring. It also seems that the South Central region will be well represented at the annual AED Washington Fly-In June 11-13. As the nation’s capital gets ready to welcome the cherry blossoms this spring, it should prepare itself for a strong presence from AED’s largest and most engaged region: South Central. Please be sure to register early, as this event always fills up. And with almost a hundred new members elected to Congress last year, it’s critical that they hear from us about the importance of infrastructure.
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For the first time ever, we can report record-breaking first-time contributors to the AED Political Action Committee (AED PAC). The AED PAC has been growing stronger every year and has blossomed into a strong voice in D.C. New AED Chairman Michael Brennan is making government affairs a priority, so we invite you to join us. Did you know that AED also has a Public Policy Council? For a nominal contribution to the PAC, you can participate in monthly conference  calls where you can ask questions of congressional leadership in the House and Senate. One thing is certain: your AED PAC contributions only go to representatives who support AED and our industry, regardless of party affiliation.

 AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Daniel Fisher, is on the Hill each and every day cementing old relationships and building new relationships with the freshmen members of Congress elected in 2018. For dealers, this means that many of those new members of the House and Senate might just want a tour of your dealership. A tour will show them firsthand what your dealership is providing to the local economy and how your company provides its employees with good-paying jobs that allow them to raise a family and further contribute to the community. The economy is doing well, but we need to remind our representatives in D.C. that our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling and we cannot kick the can down the road any longer. The right choices in D.C. can make our dealerships prosper and allow us to contribute to the economic revitalization taking place across America.

So, don’t wait – pick up that phone or computer mouse and contact your AED regional manager and tell them you want to participate in the Washington Fly-In or host a member of Congress at your dealership. We hope to hear from you soon.

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