One of the major reasons for belonging to a trade association is to affect government legislation and regulations that enhance business operations and profitability, as well as to prevent onerous legislation that would have negative effects on organizations conducting business in that industry.
The 2017 ESA Day on Capitol Hill provides a pivotal opportunity for members to come together as a united group to influence legislation and protect the industry. Don’t assume that others will handle the fight in Congress for you.
Take an active role and be part of the effort to protect your business and livelihood!
HOW ESA’S DAY ON CAPITOL HILL WORKS
The 2017 Day on Capitol Hill is rapidly approaching and represents your best opportunity to make meaningful connections not only with government officials working on legislation relevant to industry interests, but with other like-minded industry insiders as well.
The event is slated for May 16-17 in Washington, D.C. and draws delegates from around the United States for two days of government relations business, including meetings with members of Congress and their staff, as well as, networking opportunities for ESA members.
The well-appointed Hyatt Centric Arlington Hotel will serve as the gathering point for ESA members. It is just minutes away from Washington D.C. and the Rosslyn Metro station. The hotel provides the perfect backdrop for ESA members to come together, prepare for congressional meetings and impact legislation that could have serious implications on our industry.
Day on Capitol Hill represents our members’ best opportunity to make their concerns heard by their elected officials on issues important to the electronic security industry, such as health plans offered through associations, the Career and Technical Education Program as part of workforce development efforts, school security funding, and even “buy American” initiatives proposed by the new administration. By putting names and faces to the issues attendees can impress upon Congress the importance of the electronic life safety and security industry and the services that members provide to residential consumers, commercial end users and government agencies.
Meetings with congressional offices are set up on your behalf ahead of your arrival with either officials local to your region, or those that are crucial to legislation of interest to ESA member companies. Talking points and issue briefs to assist with the visits will be provided to you in advance so that you are well prepared to discuss the issues and current relevant events. ESA Director of Government Relations, John Chwat shared that ESA is a member of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), made up of several major security trade associations and top companies. He said AICC is a big part of Day on Capitol Hill.
Registration for this event is free for ESA members. You simply need to register by April 14th and plan to spend Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday at the event. ESA will take care of the rest for you. Attendees should plan to depart on Thursday morning to take full advantage of your time in DC.
The event begins in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 16th with registration opening at 1pm and an ESA Government Relations Committee meeting at 4pm followed by the Platinum Reception sponsored by Honeywell. Upon your arrival you will meet with ESA Director of Government Relations, John Chwat. John will answer any questions you have and walk you through the talking points to ensure you are comfortable with the issues. He will also explain how all of the meetings will work and review your scheduled appointments with you for the following day.
Wednesday morning begins with the Silver Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Altronix and Security America RRG. This breakfast offers attendees another opportunity to get their questions answered and further discuss the legislative talking points with one another before heading out for meetings in Congress. Representatives, Senators and their staff will meet with you in pre-scheduled meetings from 9:30am to 12pm. Tuesday afternoon will feature the Gold Lunch sponsored by Axis Communications, Telguard, and Tri-Ed an Anixter Company near the Capitol. Then you will head back to additional meetings with your elected officials from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Attendees will then return to the Hyatt Centric Arlington Hotel to debrief on your meetings. The Diamond Cocktail Reception and Dinner, sponsored by Interlogix, is a fantastic event that will put the final touches on a very productive day.
With the most recent election bringing sweeping change to the face of Congress, Chwat says it is increasingly important that attendees meet and familiarize themselves with the new congressmen and their staff. Returning members of Congress need to be reminded why our industry is so important and how their vote on important issues affects your business.
Registration is open at www.ESAweb.org/DOCH.