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Advocating for a Better Legislative Flow

G Tracy Mehan AWWA

Water is essential to life, and for the American Water Works Association, there may be no function more essential to its mission of “providing solutions to effectively manage water, the world’s most important resource” than advocating for clean, safe drinking water. Since its beginning in 1881, AWWA has grown to become the largest association of water supply professionals in the world with 50,000 members that represent 3,900 utilities that provide about 80 percent of the United States’ drinking water. G. Tracy Mehan III, AWWA’s executive director for government affairs, leads a staff of eight at the association’s Washington, D.C., office. His experience working in legislative affairs for a private firm before running the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President George W. Bush has informed his role as an association-based advocate. Mehan details below how his department advocates for safer, more durable drinking water systems. Association Adviser: Tell us about your role with AWWA. G. Tracy Mehan III: I’m the executive director for government affairs with the American Water Works Association. Eight of us run AWWA’s Washington office. AWWA’s headquarters are located in Denver, where 140 of our colleagues are doing quite a bit of work focusing on the effective management of water. Here in D.C., we focus on the Hill, on legislation about infrastructure and financing as it relates to safe and sustainable drinking water. We work with regulatory agencies, the EPA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to achieve our goal of educating ...

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Snag Passive Job Seekers With a Dynamic Online Career Center

An analysis run by LinkedIn shows 85 percent of the full-time employed workforce consider themselves to be passive job seekers. This trend is particularly prevalent among the growing population of younger employees known for their lack of tenure: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees between 20 and 34 years of age average a median stay of two to three years in their jobs. With the majority of employees regularly on the hunt for their next big opportunity, the labor force is becoming much more transient, and job hopping is becoming the new norm. This presents associations with some unique opportunities. First, associations have more access now than ever to talented candidates and should revamp their staffing strategies to include these less tenured employees. While job hopping carried a stigma in the past, the reality is most people leave positions in favor of promotional opportunities or to join more prestigious organizations. This is more indicative of ambition and talent rather than instability as previously believed. Particularly with younger workers, it is important to note many of them entered the workforce during the economic recession between 2008 and 2010. Because of the recession, they missed out on a couple years’ worth of potential pay increases and promotional opportunities and are still trying to recoup these losses. Some recruiting advisers suggest employees make a point of changing jobs every several  years as a way to keep their skill set up to date and their compensation competitive, because, as pointed out by ...

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