American Waterways Operators Annual Report 2017 2017AnnualReport - Page 8

ADVOCACY: Your Voice, Our Mission Serving as the voice of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been the core of AWO’s mission since our founding in 1944. Every day, AWO works closely with and on behalf of our members to educate federal and state policymakers on our industry’s contributions to the nation’s economy, security, environment and quality of life; advocate for policies that safeguard members’ investments and enable them to provide tens of thousands of family-wage American jobs; and build relationships with Members of Congress, Administration officials and regulators to build a strong foundation for future results. In 2017, AWO delivered results for members by advancing key public policy priorities and defending against government actions that would harm the industry. ■ 6 THE AMERICAN WATERWAYS OPERATORS