MSAE's Association Update highlights the remarkable work of associations and the people who do that work. This week's edition is no exception. Allow yourself five minutes to read through this week's Making News section, and you will be amazed by the breadth and significance of the work Michigan's associations do - across the political spectrum, reaching deeply into our communities.
The news clips are evidence of the diligent work associations do to improve quality of life and economy in Michigan. Their dedication and hard work make the state a better place to live, work, and do business. In this week's blog, we explore some of the ways associations positively impact Michigan's economy and the lives of its citizens.
Advocating for an Industry, Profession, or Business
Associations and professional societies are well known for their advocacy efforts supporting their respective industries, businesses, or professions. They work to promote policies that benefit their members, such as tax breaks, regulatory reform, and workforce development initiatives. In doing so, they help to create a more favorable environment for businesses to grow and thrive. This, in turn, leads to the creation of new jobs, increased investment, and a stronger economy overall.
For example, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) advocates for manufacturers in the state by promoting policies that support industry growth and competitiveness. The association works with lawmakers and regulators to address issues such as workforce development, energy costs, and regulatory burdens. Their efforts have helped to create a more business-friendly environment in Michigan, leading to increased investment and job creation.
Promoting Education and Workforce Development
Associations also play a critical role in promoting education and workforce development initiatives. In fact, according to ASAE, associations are now the primary source of post-college education and skills training for America's workforce. In addition to providing training and education, associations work with policymakers and educators to promote programs that encourage students to pursue careers in fields related to their industries.
For instance, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) provides training and certification programs for hospitality workers in the state. They also work with schools, colleges, and other institutions to promote careers in the hospitality industry and provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in hospitality and culinary arts.
Advancing Health and Wellness
Associations also work to advance health and wellness initiatives in Michigan. Many associations represent healthcare providers and organizations, promoting policies that improve healthcare access and affordability for all citizens. They also work to advance public health initiatives such as smoking cessation and healthy eating.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is a prime example of an association that promotes healthcare access and quality in Michigan. The MHA advocates for policies that promote access to healthcare services, such as expanding Medicaid coverage and improving the quality of care for patients. They also work to address public health challenges such as the opioid epidemic and mental health.
In conclusion, associations are critical to Michigan's economy and quality of life. Their advocacy efforts, workforce development programs, and health and wellness initiatives all contribute to making Michigan a better place to live, work, and do business. Whether you're looking for ideas about how to improve your value proposition for your members or how to better relate to prospective association clients, the Update's Making News is a good place to start.
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