2019 American Waterways Operators Annual Report Issue 2019 - Page 7

2019 ACHIEVEMENTS: BUILDING COMMUNITY The strength of AWO lies in the dynamic, diverse community of member companies we represent, across all regions of the country and all sectors of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry. In 2019, we worked to build and strengthen this vital community by: ■ Publishing the biweekly AWO Letter and monthly safety and PAC newsletters to keep members informed on critical policy, safety and political developments affecting their business. ■ Convening monthly webinars for members to engage with industry experts and AWO staff on a range of safety and public policy issues relevant to their operations. ■ Experimenting with new formats for national and regional meetings and conducting 13 regional roundtables that brought together more than 700 members from 223 member companies for learning, networking and community building. ■ Conducting hundreds of personal visits to stay connected to our members and understand their unique challenges.