By Karen Bremer/Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association
As Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s food service industry, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) serves as the unified voice for more than 16,000 food service and drinking places in the state of Georgia. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and represents all restaurants in the state of Georgia – from large chains to start-ups.
The GRA stands behind the mission to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness, and the goal of the GRA is to help make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and to help make restaurants better for Georgia. One way the GRA is successful in staying true to our mission is via the work that is accomplished from a legislative standpoint.
As we work to advocate on a legislative standpoint, we also strive to keep our members informed of the latest key issues affecting their business and what the GRA is doing to fight for pro-restaurant legislation. This is achieved via the GRA’s various communication platforms such as weekly legislative bulletins during session, action alerts and our website and resource center. To make sure the restaurant industry is adequately represented, we also encourage our members to get involved in advocating for the restaurant industry. One way to increase the recognition of Georgia’s restaurant industry is during the GRA’s signature Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception.
Taste of Georgia takes place each year during the legislation session and is an opportunity for GRA members to showcase their restaurants to elected officials and lobbyists. During this event, Georgia’s state legislators have the opportunity to learn about the impact of the restaurant in the state and get a taste of what the restaurant sector is doing to help contribute to the state’s economy. The next Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta. For more information about the event, or how you can participate, visitwww.garestaurants.org/TasteofGeorgia.
As the strongest supporter and largest advocate for Georgia’s restaurant industry, the GRA will continue to fight for the success of the industry. The GRA will also continue to serve as the voice for the industry to make sure the impact and contribution of Georgia’s restaurants is widely recognized and understood.