By Duane L. Musser, Vice President of Government Relations, NRCA
On March 6-7, NRCA joined with partner organizations from across the roofing industry in hosting Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. With over 400 professionals participating in this inaugural event, the roofing industry’s voice was heard like never before by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 was the first annual industry-wide advocacy event designed to fulfill NRCA CEO Reid Ribble’s vision to enhance the industry’s image and expand its influence on policy making in Washington, DC. The event brings together roofing industry professionals from contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry participants to deliver an industry-wide message to lawmakers in Washington, DC. Roofing Day in D.C. is a core component of Ribble’s One Voice Initiative which NRCA launched in 2017 to unite the roofing industry to speak collectively on matters critical to the industry’s growth and continued success.
Holding an annual industry-wide conference in Washington, DC, enables our industry to make a greater impact on Capitol Hill by coming together with “one voice” on government policy issues that affect roofing industry employers and workers. By hearing directly from their constituents in meetings scheduled as part of Roofing Day in D.C., lawmakers gain a better understanding of how legislation and regulations impact roofing industry employers and become more energized to address our concerns and priorities.
On March 6, Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 participants gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. The event began with a reception that featured Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration. Additionally, participants received advocacy materials conveying the unified roofing industry message on key policy issues upon arrival in Washington, DC.
On Wednesday, March 7, participants gathered for a breakfast program that featured Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), who provided an update on key legislative and political issues. Next, participants received a presentation on how best to convey the industry message during their meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The session prepared all participants with the information needed for the main event – their meetings with lawmakers.
Once the advocacy training session was concluded, participants were bused to Capitol Hill to carry the industry message to Congress. All participants had a full schedule of meetings with their Senators and Representative arranged for them by NRCA’s consultants. Participants focused on the top three roofing industry policy issues developed specifically for the event based on input from industry stakeholders. These issues were regulatory reform legislation designed to reduce burdensome regulations on employer, legislation to improve career and technical education to help address future workforce development needs, and immigration reform that meets the workforce needs of the roofing industry.
In it’s first year, Roofing Day in D.C. provided the more than 400 participants with nearly 300 meetings on Capitol Hill, reaching 87 percent of congressional offices. Clearly the collective voice of roofing industry professionals from across the U.S. was heard in Washington, D.C. as never before.
NRCA and partner organizations are now planning for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 to be held next spring. If you are a roofing industry professional who missed this year’s event, you won’t want to miss it again. A save-the-date announcement will be made soon, so be sure to lock it into your schedule.