Why the States?
By Amy Hatfield
Over the years, I’ve found myself overusing the word “grassroots.” Something about the idea makes me want to align myself with such efforts. If I’m uncensored and just say what comes to mind, “grassroots” makes me think of:
grass·roots: 1 : basic, fundamental 2 : being, originating, or operating in or at the grass roots.
As one who has earned a living in public relations, “grassroots” is to my trade what “elbow grease” is to a car wash. The approach smacks of hard work and persistence, and I like that.
Last week, Patrick Durkin, the ATA’s contributing editor, wrote a piece about the ATA and its investment in state wildlife agencies. The ATA’s on-the-ground effort and its commitment to communities at the local level is the core of what grassroots means to me. Durkin’s column will appear in the September/October issue of Archery Business, and it’s worth a thoughtful read. It’s a primer on the ATA’s strategic partnership, how the association arrived at it, and where the effort is getting us.
Today, the ATA considers itself an “investment partner” with state and federal agencies, not a grants donor and investor of private programs. The agencies’ permanence, or staying power, is the first of three vital attributes the ATA values in its government partnerships. State agencies also …
Did You Know?
The ATA spent more than $15,000 to hire the services of a landscape architect to design archery parks and facilities for many state wildlife agencies.