Friday, April 4, 2014

Leverage your Congressional connections for the industry

America’s Restaurant Advocates—Key Advocate Program—by the National Restaurant Association is an initiative underway to have at least one Key Restaurant Advocate in every single congressional district to effectively communicate and advocate on priority legislative issues to all Members of Congress on behalf of the industry.

What is a Key Advocate?
A Key Advocate serves as the lead advocate and liaison between their Member of Congress and the NRA on priority industry issues. Key Advocates volunteer to actively build and cultivate a professional relationship with their Member of Congress about the restaurant industry. Key Advocates work with the NRA to identify the best opportunities to engage their Members, as well as pertinent content and messaging.

What is the time commitment?
Key Restaurant Advocates are volunteers. We understand that restaurateurs are busy people, and we need you to continue running your business! Maintaining a relationship with your Member includes scheduling in-district meetings, serving as a resource about the industry for their staff and sharing pertinent industry information with their office as needed.

What’s in it for you?
As a Key Restaurant Advocate, you will gain exclusive access to inside the beltway information and become a de facto member of the National Restaurant Association’s Political Advocacy team.

Also included:
  • In-depth training on industry issues
  • Recognition in monthly Advocate email newsletter and bi-monthly Restaurant Advocate publication
  • Conference calls with NRA leadership as issues emerge
  • Private Key Advocate events across the United States
  • Special invitations to host and/or participate in Capitol Hill fly-ins and other Washington, D.C. events
  • Invitations to host Members of Congress at local in-state visits

Thank you for your consideration to this important program. America’s Restaurant Advocates is the grassroots voices of the restaurant industry and amplifies restaurateurs’ message to Congress. As a Key Advocate, you are the face and spokesperson of our industry.

If you have any questions or would like to register as a Key Advocate, please contact Jon Simons at or (202) 331-5907. 

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