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:
the SSA-Self Storage Legal Network Affiliate Plan
members receive an annual subscription to the SSA Globe, an
association-focused magazine (available to CSSA members upon request).
call-in attendance for all your state association members to the SSA’s On-line
University live Web casts
the SSA-MiniCo Health Insurance Programs (both Major Medical as well as Limited
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
The CSSA (the
association) participation in Affiliated Associations Council Meetings.
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
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
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 $40,000 from the SSA in 2009 to help support our effort to
Amend the current California Lien Law Statute.
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.
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.