I know, I know. How many associations do we need, right? I get it. There’s an association or group for everything. But we at the Global Ground Transportation Institute (GGTI) love trade associations and the work they do, and we hope to support them in their efforts through partnerships and by giving back money and resources. There’s a place for everyone and every group, and each one has their purpose and unique mission. Other associations can join GGTI at no cost. We welcome them with open arms.
GGTI will not be taking on political lobbying and advocacy. There are already state, regional, and national groups that excel in those roles. GGTI will, in fact, be supporting ALL nonprofit associations that join GGTI through a partnership with LCT Magazine which will provide GGTI Association Members with 25% of the LCT show registration fees for each member of theirs who belongs to GGTI and attends the shows. We hope associations can use this rebate to advocate, lobby and support their missions.
So, if we aren’t lobbying, what will GGTI actually be doing, you may ask? Well, we certainly won’t be adding another trade show into the busy mix. We may be partnering on some existing shows, but no new shows, so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. We will however be developing a robust educational program to include in-person small group training sessions, online educational courses, webinars, whitepapers, blog posts, and more. The education will cover the gamut with something for all segments: Motorcoaches, buses, chauffeured luxury, shuttles, car rental, autonomous vehicles, paratransit, etc.
We will also be setting benchmarks, creating connections, and opening up networking across all segments of ground transportation. We are seeing so many companies within the ground transportation world stepping out of their niches and expanding their services to other segments. This applies to operators and vendors. Nearly everyone is expanding and crossing over to other areas and often doing so on a global scale. Our goal is to help fuel this growth by connecting all ground transportation segments and services worldwide in the GGTI community.
Like the world of ground transportation, GGTI will be evolving. Some programs will launch soon while others gradually roll out. We will be listening to what the members want and need, and leaning on our very diverse group of board members. We are simply here to unite and educate the ever-expanding world of mobility under one umbrella.
We celebrate and encourage innovation, change and growth. Most of all, we want everyone to belong. We all have a lot we can learn from and teach each other. We hope you will choose to join us and invest in a bright business future!