SSA Affiliation Benefits

National Self Storage Association (SSA) Affiliation Benefits

Goal of Affiliation

Simply put, our Affiliation Program is something we think is good for the industry, for our Association, and for the various state associations. Some association demands are inherently local and require a grassroots approach. Others goals are national in scope - for the National SSA to be involved, we need affiliation. With approximately 55,000 facilities nationwide, and more than 33,000 separate owners, the industry is already extremely fragmented. Only together can we adequately influence our business arena.

Affiliated states and their members - receive:

o Access to the SSA-Self Storage  Legal Network Affiliate Plan (for an additional fee)

o CSSA members receive an annual subscription to the SSA Globe, an association-focused magazine (available to CSSA members upon request).

o Free call-in attendance for all your state association members to the SSA’s Online University live Web casts

o Access to the SSA-MiniCo Health Insurance Programs (both Major Medical as well as Limited Benefit plans)

o Affiliated Member discount pricing to all SSA events (conventions, tradeshow, stand-alone educational seminars or programs) and publications; including all SSA-REIS Quarterly Rental Rate & Occupancy Data Reports on the Top Fifty U.S. Markets (279 Submarkets).

o The CSSA (the association) participation in Affiliated Associations Council Meetings.

o The CSSA receives legislative support and consulting for the benefit of its members.

SSA Globe Magazine

The SSA has invested heavily into the development of the SSA Globe magazine. The SSA Globe is a non-profit publication that 1- Is the primary communications tool for regular and affiliate members and, 2 – Supports the goals of the Association – education, research & data, legal matters and Affiliated association news. Additionally, State affiliates provide monthly write-ups in the SSA Globe Magazine to keep their members up to date on the latest information locally.

AAC Meetings
The dialogue between the states and the national association has been tremendous since the inception of the Affiliation Program. State and national SSA leaders share ideas, compare notes, discuss legislation and generally learn from each other's best practices

Legislative Support/Consulting

Between SSA General Counsel Carlos Kaslow, SSA President Mike Scanlon, SSA CEO Tim Dietz, and the SSA's registered lobbyist, the SSA staff has more than 70 years of lobbying experience. Although most lobbying of state legislatures is handled by the state associations, the SSA can assist with their database to create grassroots supports, by providing connections with other affiliated states that have been through similar situations and through their communication tools. The SSA also provides financial aid to support lobbying efforts as needed via its Legislative Issues Fund. California received over $70,000 from the SSA between 2009 and 2014 to help support our efforts to Amend the current California Lien Law Statute in 2010 and 2015.

The SSA also subscribes to Netscan – Legal Alert, which provides daily updates on threatening legislation throughout the country. If something pops up on their radar screen for California, they will alert the state associations executive director, leadership, and membership.

The SSA Affiliation Program was developed to encourage cooperation amongst state SSAs and the National SSA. Our perspective is not one of competition with the National SSA, but of working together to benefit each other's members and the industry. Advertising, legislation, database access, and AAC meetings all add up to a successful program, which is why the program has 25 organizations already affiliated and a few more on the way.

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