Following the official launch of the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign in March, organizers say they have raised more than $500,000, which is more than halfway to its annual goal of one million dollars per year over the coming years.
TMAF describes itself as “an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.”
“The committee is thankful for the response and feedback since the launch of the campaign, and especially for the top level sponsorship commitments from a host of our industry leaders,” said Steve Ponder, chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and vice-president of Great West Casualty Company. “This campaign encompasses every person who touches the industry and therefore, every donation is appreciated. There is no amount too small as we are all working toward improving the industry and improving America.”
Groups involved in Trucking Moves America Forward include ACT 1, also known as the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry, which includes various trucking industry suppliers; along with the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, as well as trucking companies and other industry suppliers who are not members of ACT 1.
“The trucking industry is critical to the American economy, it injects more than $642 billion dollars into this country annually and trucks exclusively serve more than 80% of our country’s communities,” said Mike Card, fundraising chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and President of Combined Transport. “The industry has made great strides in safety, innovation and technology and looks forward to sharing that with the American people.”
More information is available at TruckingMovesAmerica.com.