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. Here are five reasons why you should be at Day on Capitol Hill.
Your voice is needed in ESA's government relations lobbying efforts. ESA's visits and presentations in the U.S. Senate and House offices to members and staff need to be complemented by your meetings with elected officials to show the importance of our industry. As a constituent, your elected officials need to hear from you directly to understand your business and how their votes will affect your livelihood.
Visiting with elected officials in Congress. This unique experience provides opportunities for attendees to visit with elected officials and their staff to directly inform them of their customers' and businesses' problems. This interaction is very important for these officials to understand how our industry works and the contributions it makes to their constituency, public safety and consumer protection. As a constituent of your elected officials you have the power to get their attention and build a positive relationship with them so that your business is protected.
You will take an active role in government relations. Don't sit on the sideline and hope that others will protect your livelihood. By participating in this event, you will learn more about the issues that affect the industry, and gain a deeper understanding of how laws and regulations can impact your business and the industry at large. Participants receive an updated congressional directory for all members of Congress with contact information on their elected officials, not only for D.C., but for their local offices as well, allowing you to continue to voice your opinion and impact change.
Join forces with your industry colleagues regarding concerns that affect the bottom line. The most important changes in the last 30 years to telecommunications statutes involving issues on copper retirement, battery backup, and a host of communications issues will be decided in Washington, DC by Congress. Your participation is crucial. Coming together with your industry colleagues from around the country will also benefit your organization and at the same time show Congress that we are a united front that must be heard.
We make it easy for you. You just need to register by April 14th and arrive at the Hyatt Centric Arlington on May 16th. Then we will walk you through the rest. Prior to the event we will brief you on all of the issues and talking points so that you are fully prepared. You will receive a packet upon arrival that includes all of the appointments we have already confirmed for you along with all of the talking points you need for your meetings.