NBB members finalize program plan, set direction for the industry

By | February 09, 2011

Part of the role of National Biodiesel Board members is to define the long-term objectives and programs for their trade association. The No. 1 priority of the February membership meeting was to finalize the FY2012 program plan. The final vote on the program plan was an important step in setting the direction of the industry.

As a member organization, the entire process of developing the program plan is carried out by the membership. Through technical, marketing and regulatory meetings, the process identifies opportunities, as well as issues facing the industry. There are many ways NBB members can provide input to the program plan including committee meetings, direct member input, an online survey, and a formal webinar meeting. This wide variety of mediums allows for maximum member input, and includes many levels of participation.

Gathering member input allows NBB to prepare a clear direction to ensure the trade association continues to meet members’ needs.

“In order for the industry to meet the challenges ahead, we must have a comprehensive plan,” said NBB Vice Chair Ed Ulch. “The NBB Program Plan encompasses technical, marketing, legislative and regulatory priorities and is the key mechanism to make sure the NBB is serving its members in the best way possible.”

The planning process captures member input and is a way to share association priorities with members. NBB staff and contractors are constantly interacting with biodiesel companies, regulators, users, engine and vehicle companies and distributors to better understand the needs and priorities of the industry.

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