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Who We Are

The Coalition for a Prosperous America is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 4.1 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members. Our board and our membership includes Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives and Liberals.

The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) is working for a new and positive U.S. trade policy that delivers prosperity and security to America, its citizens, farms, factories and working people. We are an unrivaled coalition of manufacturing, agricultural, worker, consumer and citizen interests working together to rebuild an America for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. We believe America can provide good jobs for workers, affordable goods for consumers, opportunity for farms and manufacturers and a clean environment without compromising our national sovereignty and security.

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Thank you for visiting our website. CPA was founded in 2007 because a single voice wasn’t loud enough to drown out the multinational import lobbyists. Manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and workers across America have been fighting against foreign governments who have been cheating in the name of “free trade.” Decades later, we see millions of jobs lost, hundreds of thousands of factories closed, and families forced to survive off minimum wage jobs at a restaurant or retail location. Even though manufacturers, farmers and ranchers, and workers stepped up to fight, their voices weren’t loud enough to cause real change.

That’s why we exist. No longer do these sectors have to face these challenges alone.

At CPA we represent real domestic manufacturers, farmers and ranchers, and workers across the United States. We fight against the trade cheaters and seek to bring back what was once lost.

We have a place for you in our organization. Everyone has been touched by stupid free trade policies whether they know it or not. Help us make our voices even louder today by joining CPA.

No matter your interest in our $33 billion industry, we have a place for you in our organization. The Get Involved section of our site is a great place to explore the many opportunities for involvement. You need not be an industry expert or graybeard to participate.

The opportunities are here, and we look forward to seeing you soon. There truly is a place for you at CPA.

Mission

CPA is the only national organization representing exclusively domestic producers across many sectors. We are a bipartisan coalition of farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and labor organizations that make and grow things in the United States.  Our members believe that America’s strength and well being is based upon growing America’s productive capacity and quality employment more than cheap consumption. The mission of the Coalition for a Prosperous America is to advocate the implementation of strategic trade, tax and growth policies so our members can prosper.

Vision

CPA intends to become the most influential research and advocacy organization in the country working at the intersection of trade, tax, jobs and growth. Our members’ vision is an America that wins the global competition for good jobs and industries through innovative strategies that grow industry and agriculture, balance trade, protect national security, achieve broadly shared prosperity.

The Leadership and Team here at CPA is comprised of:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STAFF

ADVISORY BOARD

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Political influence: Gain access to Members of Congress and administration officials as well as trade policy leaders at our Annual Trade Conference and throughout the year.

Networking: Interact with like minded people… you are not alone.

Organizational Influence: Your voice can be heard AND be Powerful.

Information and Education: Receive a subscription to Insider’s Scoop, our quarterly newsletter. Gain access to our cutting edge original research and economic modeling as we publish it. Participate in our educational webinars.

Media influence: Receive assistance in drafting op-eds on trade for media outlets

Technical Help: Receive assistance in filing comments in federal regulatory proceedings. Gain access to international trade lawyers and consultants for your company’s trade issues.

“I love the CPA. I’ve been involved with them almost since the beginning. I got involved with CPA to be a voice for smart trade and tax policy. We needed somebody to speak up for the voice of the smaller manufacturer who really is the majority of the employment in the US.”

—Zach Mottl, Atlas Tool and Die

“CPA is an entity that actually works across both Republicans and Democrats. It’s an organization that actually reaches out to find the high middle ground, the common good, to actually fix our trade in a way that isn’t a red or a blue issue. This is actually an issue that we need to come together on. I’ve seen that CPA has done that.”

—Bill Jones, Penn United Technologies

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CPA Represents 4.1 million households across the US.

Anyone who cares about fixing trade policy, currency misalignment, and attaining a true tax reform can join. Click here to see the membership options.

CPA Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Any donation is tax deductible.

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No. CPA is the only organization that represents real domestic manufacturers.

Email CPA Media Director, Paola Masman at paola@prosperousamerica.org to get you set up and up to date with the latest meeting notes and assignments.

Visit the ATTEND section of the CPA website for a complete listing of CPA events and member-involvement opportunities.

In addition to serving on CPA committees, CPA is active on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We host monthly member calls to hear from our members as well as inform them of CPA’s projects.

Yes! The CPA Speakers Bureau includes CPA staff members as well as CPA members who are industry experts. For a list of speakers and topics, click here.

Yes, CPA is an aggressive advocate for the metalcasting industry. At any given time, we are lobbying on more than 20 different issues that affect the business climate for metalcasters.

These efforts are vitally important. No matter how efficiently one operates a foundry or supplier business, if public policies and the business climate are not conducive to metalcasting and manufacturing success, it will be more difficult for the business to thrive, grow, and create jobs.

When you support our advocacy efforts through a Corporate Membership, participating in the annual Government Affairs Fly-In, and responding to AFS Action Alerts when issued.

Yes. The CPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that accepts donations and charitable contributions. Your donation will help provide security to continue our efforts.

Membership and advertising inquiries can be directed to our Media Director, Paola Masman at paola@prosperousamerica.org.

CPA was founded in 2007 by a group of farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and labor representatives. Farmer and ranchers realized that trade agreements were not resulting in the export opportunities promised even as imports took more of their domestic market share. Manufacturers suffered from their customers offshoring procurement and production and were faced with reduced sales and the painful need to layoff workers. Workers were thrown into competition with low wage overseas labor, working for pennies per hour, resulting in massive job losses and depressed wages here.

We realized that each sector could not fix this problem alone. We all faced the same harm from trade deficits. Many existing organizations were aiding and abetting the effort to move American production to other countries. No national organization existed to advocate for all American producers’ interests in building and expanding productive capacity and good paying jobs here.

CPA was created to fill that void. We believed that the combination of agriculture, labor and manufacturing was powerful. The effort needed to remain fully bipartisan including dedicated Republicans, Democrats and independents working on issues that transcend party loyalty.  These are American issues.

In a short 10 year period, CPA has moved our issues from being ignored to occupying the center of the national debate. We live in a period of epic change in trade. CPA’s influence has played a predominant role in getting us here.

Our judgment and our dedicated efforts have paid off. We need you to join with us to make this movement far more powerful in the coming years.



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