Grocers Day at the Capitol
This annual gathering allows California’s grocery industry to meet with their elected officials and discuss key issues impacting one of the state’s major employers.
“This is the one time each year when our members are invited to Sacramento to hear from legislative and regulatory leaders and have the opportunity to meet one-on-one in the State Capitol with their elected officials,” said CGA President & CEO Ron Fong. “Having our members explain grocery issues from their unique perspective makes a tremendous difference and has a significant impact on legislators and their staff.”
Attendees are assigned meetings in teams and are prepped by CGA staff prior to their legislative visits on the key issues to be discussed. Support material and “leave behind” material are also provided.
“It can be a little intimidating for the first-time attendee so we provide as much background material for each team as possible,” Fong said. “We strive to make this as positive an experience as possible. Our goal is to have our members make this an annual ‘must attend’ event.”
Grocers Day provides a great opportunity for companies interested in sponsoring a CGA event. A limited number of sponsorships are available. To learn more about participating in 2019, contact Beth Wright, CGA, at (916) 448-3545.
Along with the afternoon face-to-face meetings in the Capitol, attendees hear that morning from selected legislative and regulatory leaders, along with CGA’s government relations team. The day closes with the CGA President’s Reception, which allows attendees the opportunity to continue conversations with legislators in a more relaxed setting at CGA’s headquarters.
CGA grocery retailers, both large and small, are encouraged to send representatives from their companies, says Fong. “Our independent grocers are highly encouraged to participate in Grocers Day. Legislators are particularly concerned about their constituents, particularly those smaller ‘hometown’ stores that have been a part of each community for decades.”
In addition to the above-mentioned events, CGA will host its annual Ice Cream Social in the Capitol on the day of the event and a special GROPAC/IEC Legislative Dinner the evening before. More information on these events will be available in the coming weeks.
For more information on participating in Grocers Day at the Capitol, email Aaron Moreno, Senior Director, Government Relations, or call (916) 448-3545.