At its Jan. 27 meeting, the APGA Board of Directors unanimously approved four new nominations to the Public Gas Policy Council (PGPC) for 2020.
The new representatives to the PGPC include: Mayor Mike Callis of the City of Portland, Tenn.; Clint Hollingsworth, Board Chairman for the Cullman Jefferson Counties Gas District; Mayor Joe Pitts of the City of Clarksville, Tenn.; and Mayor Randy Toms of the City of Warner Robins, Ga.
PGPC members come to Washington, D.C. each year to participate in the APGA Member Meetings on the Hill event, which includes meeting with their representatives to discuss public natural gas issues. This year's event is scheduled for May 5 and 6.
The PGPC is an advocacy group made up of elected and appointed officials from public natural gas communities. The primary purpose is to assist APGA in communicating with members of Congress the priorities for public natural gas systems. The PGPC also provides advice on legislative-related issues of importance to APGA. The group also serves as a forum for elected officials to discuss public natural gas issues.
Locally elected and appointed public officials have a strong, persuasive, and authoritative voice in Washington, D.C. with their elected representatives in both the House and Senate. Having a core group of elected officials carry the public natural gas message to Congress has significantly strengthened APGA's advocacy efforts.