Why it Matters
Associations continue to play a critical role in increasing career opportunities for prospective professionals, empowering economically disadvantaged communities, and strengthening local economies. More than three-quarters of respondents to a recent ASAE Research Foundation survey believe associations will have a very or extremely important role in the future in attracting competent professionals, integrating new technologies, and promoting diversity and inclusion to their fields.
As associations seek to expand career opportunities to address shifts in demand within their industries, similar to the restaurant industry, they empower historically disadvantaged communities. Using opportunity-creating programs focused on increasing equity and inclusion, associations have been able to define economic barriers and develop potential solutions. Not only do associations create opportunities for individuals, but they also strengthen local economies by driving tourism, opening new areas of economic opportunity and advocating for evidence-based decision making when it comes to government spending.
Associations spur research into new areas of medical discovery and innovation and improve the lives of all. They play a key role in self-regulating industries and improving products and services, thus protecting consumers, families, and communities from harm. As industries self-regulate through collaboration with their association, low-quality and sometimes dangerous products are removed from the marketplace. By bringing together industry leaders and experts, associations coordinate important efforts, such as restoring power to devastated communities and implementing solutions to humanitarian challenges throughout the world.