Advocacy Program
The AEM Advocacy Program recognizes and celebrates AEM member companies that participate in the association’s grassroots advocacy program (I Make America) and help advance the industry’s policy priorities through various other advocacy efforts. Each member company that participates in the AEM Advocacy Program and reaches a certain level – Bronze, Silver, or Gold – will be recognized for their support and commitment to advocacy at the AEM Annual Conference.


Member companies can participate in AEM's Advocacy Program by completing the below actions and earning points. The program aims to provide members with a wide range of activities and engagements to support AEM's grassroots and federal advocacy efforts.

Throughout the year, AEM’s Government and Public Affairs Team will work with AEM member companies to complete the various advocacy activities.


To participate in the program and be eligible for recognition at the AEM annual conference, each member company MUST identify one representative as their I Make America Ambassador. Ambassadors must complete a combination of actions at various levels to be eligible for silver, gold, and pillar level recognition. Silver, Gold, and Pillar Ambassadors will have opportunities to attend AEM’s Annual Conference.

Please remember to contact Wade Balkonis once an advocacy activity is completed.


Click on the badges below to learn more about each Advocacy Program level.








Below are the eligible activities that Ambassadors can complete to earn points toward Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level recognition. Click on an activity for more details.

Interact with I Make America through social media

Engage in an I Make America call to action on the Action Hub.

Place I Make America magnets on equipment or booth at tradeshows.

Place I Make America logo on your company website or other collateral.

Participate in an I Make America or AEM public affairs campaign in support of policy initiatives.

Host an I Make America Event at your facility on your own.

Partner with AEM on earned media opportunities advocating for AEM policy priorities.

Support AEMPAC through sponsorship or direct donation by an eligible individual.

Partner with AEM through pre-briefings or post-meeting recaps to meet with Congressional, state, or local representatives in district or D.C. to advocate for AEM policy priorities

Partner with I Make America on a grassroots education event.

Attend the AEM Washington, D.C., state, or another digital/in-person fly-in.

Host an elected official for an I Make America facility tour.

Host the 2024 Manufacturing Express

Ambassadors will track progress individually. In October, your company will receive a form to report advocacy activities. If you have any questions or would like to report before October, send an email to Wade Balkonis.