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Insights from Missouri to Georgia: Navigating Retirement Savings Advocacy


In this third episode of “Nothing But a Number,” hosted by Alice Bennett, Associate State Director for Advocacy at AARP Georgia, she discusses retirement savings advocacy with special guest, Jay Hardenbrook, Advocacy Director AARP Missouri. He shares the strategies and successes behind Missouri’s “Show Me My Retirement” savings plan and explore how these insights can inform advocacy efforts in Georgia.
Hardenbrook shares his journey of perseverance and collaboration, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with legislators and engaging the business community. With five years of advocacy under his belt, he offers invaluable advice for those embarking on similar paths, highlighting the need for patience and the right champions.

One key takeaway from Hardenbrook’s experience is the power of small chambers of commerce and local businesses in driving change. By listening to their concerns and crafting legislation that meets their needs, advocates can gain support for retirement savings initiatives.

But advocacy isn’t without its challenges. Hardenbrook discusses the need to navigate opposition and adapt to unexpected hurdles, emphasizing the importance of staying open to feedback and adjusting strategies along the way.

As we look ahead to the future of retirement savings advocacy in Georgia, Hardenbrook offers valuable insights for advocates in red states like Missouri and Georgia. By embracing innovative solutions and maintaining an open dialogue, we can work towards a brighter financial future for all.

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