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Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

June 13, 2017

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas NATSO, Inc.

A diverse coalition from restaurants and fuel retailers to city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs today urged key lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation.

NATSO Statement on President Trump’s Infrastructure Remarks

June 9, 2017

NATSO Statement on President Trump’s Infrastructure Remarks NATSO, Inc.

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued this statement today following President Trump’s remarks at the Department of Transportation announcing a new infrastructure council.

NATSO Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal Calling for Tolls and Commercial Rest Areas

May 23, 2017

NATSO Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal Calling for Tolls and Commercial Rest Areas NATSO

The proposals to toll Interstates and commercialize Interstate rest areas threaten the businesses that serve interstate highway travelers, such as travel plazas, convenience stores and restaurants. Oftentimes, these businesses are the economic backbone of off-highway communities; these proposals therefore not only harm private companies but also thousands of local tax bases throughout the country.

Fuels Groups Unveil Video Illuminating Harms of Shifting RFS Compliance Responsibility from Refiners to Retailers

May 22, 2017

Fuels Groups Unveil Video Illuminating Harms of Shifting RFS Compliance Responsibility from Refiners to Retailers NATSO

A new video unveiled today by NATSO, representing the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) demonstrates how shifting the compliance responsibility under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) away from refiners will raise fuel prices, hurting small retailers and the entire U.S. economy.

Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry Calls on Washington During National Transportation Week

May 19, 2017

Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry Calls on Washington During National Transportation Week NATSO, Inc.

Members of the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza community met with their elected officials on Capitol Hill this week to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns with efforts to repeal debit swipe fee reform.

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

May 9, 2017

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit NATSO, Inc.

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and a coalition of trade associations representing the entire biodiesel supply chain, today urged Congress to extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit as it considers tax reform legislation and ultimately phase it out over time.

NATSO Condemns Legislation to Convert  Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit To Producers’ Credit

April 26, 2017

NATSO Condemns Legislation to Convert Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit To Producers’ Credit NATSO, Inc.

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, today denounced The American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to extend the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit but transfer it upstream to a producers’ credit.

NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking

April 25, 2017

NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation today announced a new partnership between the NATSO Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking.

NATSO Applauds “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress” — Legislation That Would Boost Highway Funding

March 22, 2017

NATSO Applauds “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress” — Legislation That Would Boost Highway Funding

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement following Congressman DeFazio’s (D-Ore.) introduction of “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress.” This legislation authorizes the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue 30-year Invest in America Bonds annually through 2030. The bonds will generate nearly $500 billion in additional revenues for the Highway Trust Fund that must be put toward authorized highway and transportation projects.

NATSO Statement on Moving RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

February 28, 2017

NATSO Statement on Moving RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

NATSO issued the following statement Feb. 27 along with SIGMA after learning that President Trump may issue an executive order shifting the RFS compliance obligation downstream.

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

February 22, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements NATSO

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) closes today, NATSO is encouraged by the vast support to keep the current compliance structure under the RFS. NATSO, in collaboration with other industry stakeholders, has engaged a diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels. These groups speak on behalf of a majority of the fuel sector, which opposes the shift.

The NATSO Foundation Awards $25,000 in Scholarships; 2017 Application Process Open

February 8, 2017

The NATSO Foundation Awards $25,000 in Scholarships; 2017 Application Process Open NATSO Foundation

The legacy of the Bill Moon Scholarship continued in 2016 when The NATSO Foundation presented five students with ties to the truckstop and travel plaza industry $5,000 each to put toward their studies. The Bill Moon Scholarship Program has been changing lives for more than 20 years, awarding more than $300,000 in scholarships to date.

NATSO Congratulates U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

January 31, 2017

NATSO Congratulates U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao NATSO, Inc.

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Elaine Chao as the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Tom Heinz, Co-Founder of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Receives NATSO Hall of Fame

January 23, 2017

Tom Heinz, Co-Founder of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Receives NATSO Hall of Fame NATSO Inc.

The NATSO Foundation presented Tom Heinz, co-founder and president of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, the Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show 2017 in Savannah, Ga. NATSO President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Mullings presented the award to Heinz during the keynote lunch today.

Statement on Senators’ Meeting with EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

January 6, 2017

Statement on Senators’ Meeting with EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

NATSO, SIGMA and NACS issued the following statement on Jan. 5 following a meeting by a number of Republican Senators from states that produce renewable fuels with President-Elect Donald Trump's pick to head EPA Scott Pruitt. During the meeting, the Senators and Pruitt discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and who should bear responsibility for the RFS compliance requirements.

NATSO Tells Department of Transportation Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

January 5, 2017

NATSO Tells Department of Transportation Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including vending, threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, said in comments filed with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

NATSO CEO Appointed to​ Trucking Industry​ Research Committee

December 22, 2016

NATSO CEO Appointed to​ Trucking Industry​ Research Committee

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is pleased to announce that NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings has been appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training Course  Focused on Helping Drivers in Distress

December 20, 2016

NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training Course Focused on Helping Drivers in Distress

The NATSO Foundation today launched a new online course in the "How Truckstops Help People" educational series. Titled "How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress," the 30-minute course is designed to promote highway safety by teaching truckstop owners, operators and employees how to assist someone who may be experiencing physical, emotional or financial distress at their location.

Over 85 Percent of U.S. Voters Agree: Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers

December 14, 2016

Over 85 Percent of U.S. Voters Agree: Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers

A majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and hard-working Americans, according to a survey released today by NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

NATSO Education, Programs Help Operators Attract Travel Plaza Talent

December 1, 2016

NATSO Education, Programs Help Operators Attract Travel Plaza Talent NATSO

Understanding what today’s job seekers look for in a career and work culture and developing new recruitment and retention strategies is vital to operators’ future success. During The NATSO Show 2017, Jan. 21-24, Maryellen Adams, director of association partnerships with CareerCo, a successful online recruitment leader, will dig into trends and best practices in hiring and retention to help operators uncover smart, innovative ways to engage and recruit the talent they need. During the session, operators will be able to weigh in on what is and is not working for them so all attendees can learn from their real-world experiences.

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