The Government Affairs Committee assists OKAA membership in understanding legislation and agency rulemaking that either directly or indirectly impacts our industry and individual company operations. Working closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Director, it coordinates the Association’s response to such legislation and rulemaking. It also leads the Association’s support of new legislation and rulemaking that would have a positive impact on the success of our members, and the health and safety of our workers.
The primary government entities with which the Committee interacts include, the Oklahoma State Legislature, the Office of the Governor, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Energy and Environment, the Department of Mines, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Water Resources Board, the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
OKAA’s Marketing Committee works to increase the use of natural and crushed aggregate and related products in existing market areas. Its promotion activities are based upon direction and input from both producer and affiliate member companies. They are also coordinated with other related national and state construction industry trade associations. OKAA’s Annual Meeting Market Place Showroom provides an excellent forum for producers and affiliates to discuss and advance common marketing goals and ideas. The strong relationship between OKAA producer and affiliate members is one of the leading contributors to the Association’s success.
The Membership Committee actively promotes membership in the Association to producers, suppliers and allied companies who are not currently members of OKAA.
Public Relations and Community Outreach
This Committee is charged with developing a Statewide Community Outreach/Public Relations Plan and a model Company Community Outreach/Public Relations Plan. The Committee is working to identify local and statewide challenges and opportunities faced by OKAA Members.
The Committee is also charged with developing a communication plan for advancing the industry’s public image. It also encourages member companies to foster employee involvement in local community civic and service organizations; create local and statewide programs to recognize student achievements in the study of earth sciences and mining, and build upon OKAA’s Community Relations Awards Program by adding award presentations to the agenda of the OKAA Annual Meeting.
The Specifications Committee works with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), and other local and federal agencies on changes in the specifications for aggregates, and other building materials produced using aggregates. It serves as a liaison to other construction industry associations toward solving mutual problems concerning the use of our products by private contracting companies and public authorities.