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ROMA and OGRA Discuss Future Opportunities
Representatives of the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) met with the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Board on November 15, 2019 to discuss how the two organizations can collaborate in the future.
Both groups agreed to look for opportunities to work together on shared policy priorities that will support and strengthen Ontario’s rural municipalities. The discussion also covered the matter of joint conferences. It was agreed that it would make sense to revisit this conversation in the future, given current commitments of both ROMA and OGRA related to their individual conferences.
“We look forward to working with OGRA on ways to strengthen our collective advocacy,” said ROMA Chair Allan Thompson. “Ontario’s rural community faces a broad range of challenges and it is important to work with others to advance our goals. It’s also critical to keep the spotlight on rural issues and ensure the sector has a strong and effective voice.”
“The opportunity to have a constructive dialogue with ROMA reminded us that the strength of OGRA is directly linked with our ability to work with like-minded organizations like ROMA to advance the interests of our members,” OGRA President, Rick Kester. “We are excited to continue this discussion”.
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The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.