How to Host a Plant Tour for Your Elected Officials
The value of hosting a plant tour for your local member of Congress
cannot be overstated. Missouri Association of Manufacturers works
with legislators both in Missouri and Washington D.C. to promote,
preserve and advance manufacturing in Missouri. Hosting plant tours
on your home turf is a vital step in building long-lasting and personal
relationships with your legislators and the key members of their staff.
Visiting regularly with your legislators is critical, but it is just as important
to invite them to personally visit your company’s plant facilities. Tours will
enable you to reinforce and personalize your message by having members
of Congress interact with you and your employees while showing them
what your company is all about. You make a powerful argument for your concerns when your legislators and their key staffers tour your plant facilities, learn about your products, and see how you boost their constituency with economic activity and jobs. A tour and time to meet with select workers provides
legislators with a better sense of how potential legislation could impact your company
and its employees.
Communicating and touring with staffers can be just as valuable and important as a relationship with your legislator. In many instances, staff members are the issues experts and they hold the trust and attention of the legislator on a daily basis. Including district offices and Capitol Hill staffers on factory, tours will make for an even better return on your investment of time and energy.
A tour and regular follow-ups can make for a mutually beneficial relationship between you and your legislators. Members of Congress are always thinking about the next election and where to cut and spend, so use a tour to get your legislator thinking about your company and your workers, who will be voting on Election Day.
Click the PDF icon to download step-by-step instructions to help you successfully
plan a tour of your facilities.