b'AROUND THE STATES Around the Statesfrom page 14 bers, said Brian Schaeffer, TACOs executive New Georgia Associationdirector and CEO. With city, county and state governments looking to get more involved in Continues to Gain Tractionour business, we always need the perspective The Georgia Association of RV Parks andof a park owner/operator. Thankfully, our presi-Campgrounds (Georgia ARVC) is gaining trac- dent, Randall Dally, has agreed to serve in this tion and could hit close to 20 members in thecapacity. He is a welcome addition to the efforts coming weeks, according to its executive direc- of our year-round outside legislative consultant tor.and the dedicated TACO staff. I met four Georgia park owners at theThe TACO board and staff are thrilled to cre-CARVC convention two weeks ago, and all ofate this new member benefit, which we believe them have expressed interest in joining our as- will further enhance our government affairs ef-sociation. In fact, two of them have alreadyforts, he added. signed up, said Bobby Smith, Georgia ARVCsDally, who would be compensated for his executive director.time as TACOs legislative liaison, has owned Smith is president of Duluth, Ga.-basedand operated Rayburn RV Hideout in Brooke-Hardman Productions and has produced theland since 2002. He has been a TACO member Atlanta Camping & RV Show every year sincefor 17 years and has been actively involved in 2002. In addition to making contacts among RVTACOs legislative efforts for the past six years. dealers, Smith has developed contacts withTACO anticipates that Dally will spend about many campground operators and industry of- three to five hours a month on legislative issues ficials. He said Don Bennett Jr., formerly of thein non-legislative years and five to 10 hours a Campground Owners of New York (CONY),month in legislative years. His assignments and Dee Witting, of the Carolinas Associationwould include meeting with TACO members, of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC) sug- legislators, their staffs and other government gested he work to establish a campground in- entities as needed regarding park operator per-dustry association in Georgia.spectives involving current or proposed laws. They made arrangements for me to meetDally would also be expected to testify as with David Basler, of OHI, formerly the Na- needed before appropriate government com-tional Association of RV Parks and Camp- mittees. WCMgrounds,in2020.Wemetanddiscussed starting a Georgia chapter for OHI, Smith said, adding, We were established in the fall ofMid-Atlantic Conference 2021.Rebranding to Campground In addition to holding periodic Zoom calls,Conference & Trade Show Georgia ARVC typically has its annual meetingsDuring the Feb. 20 luncheon event at the in coordination with the OHI and CARVC meet- 33rd annual Mid-Atlantic Campground Confer-ings, since many Georgia park operators attend those events anyway.ence & Trade Show, event coordinator Joann Smith said Georgia ARVC wants to increaseDelVescio announced the event is re-branding its membership so that it can take advantage ofmoving forward. Starting now, the event will be advertising and marketing economies of scaleknownasTheCampgroundConference& in promoting Georgia and Georgia parks asTrade Show. camping destinations.According to DelVescio, organizers felt that The associations website is GoCampGeor- the geographical nature of the old brand was gia.com. Georgia park operators who are inter- limiting and didnt reflect the welcoming spirit ested in joining Georgia ARVC can email Smithof the conference. at bsmith@hardmanproductions.com for moreTheMid-AtlanticConference&Trade information.Jeff Crider WCMShow has always been open to everyone in the campground, RV park and outdoor hos-TACO Beefs Uppitality industry, but its hard to sell that with Government Affairs withthewordMid-Atlanticinthetitle,said New Legislative LiaisonDelVescio. We want everyone to know they TheTexasAssociationofCampgroundshould come to The Campground Confer-Owners (TACO) is beefing up its governmentence & Trade Show because it is the place to affairs efforts by hiring TACO President Randallsee and be seen. Dally as the associations first legislative liaison,Updates have been made on the conference website,www.campgroundconference.com, according to a press release.including the new brand logo. Specific details The new position isabout the 2025 conference will be forthcoming designedtocomple- soon. mentandenhanceDelVescio encourages prospective attendees TACOs ongoing govern- and vendors to follow the events Facebook group ment affairs efforts, in- pageatwww.facebook.com/groups/camp-cludingthoseofRongroundconference. Both the website and Face-Hinkle, the associationsbook group page are up-to-date information and longtime lobbyist. We need someonenetworking sources for The Campground Con-willingtospendmoreRandall Dally ference & Trade Show. time on government af- For more information, visit www.campground-fairs work, both meeting with our members andconference.com and join the events Facebook briefing our state and local representatives andgroupatwww.facebook.com/groups/camp-their staffs on topics of concern to our mem- groundconference. WCMCALENDAR OF EVENTSAPRILMAY30 - May 1: Texas Association of14-17: FRVCA Outdoor Hospitality Campground Owners Spring MeetingConference & Expo & Trade ShowHilton Orlando, Orlando, Fla. Lone Star Convention & Expo Center 850-562-7151WCMConroe, Texas 877-518-1989 36 April 2024 Woodalls Campground Magazine'