By Teri Dorn, NRCA’s Director of Federal Affairs
On April 3-4, the roofing industry will come together in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019. At this event, participants will deliver our message about the most important legislative issues affecting the roofing industry and your business. As the premier industry advocacy event of the year, this will provide the opportunity for the roofing industry’s collective voice to be heard in our nation’s capitol. All roofing industry professionals are urged to participate in this transformational event, and company owners and managers are being urged to bring along field employees to participate in this event. “Roofing Day was the best event we attended all year,” raved Michelle Boykin, COO of Rackley Roofing, TARC Member, who attended last year’s inaugural event.
This new annual roofing industry event is the fulfillment of NRCA CEO Reid Ribble’s vision of how the industry can expand its influence and enhance its image in Washington, D.C. Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 promises to be even larger and better than the inaugural event in 2018, which drew over 400 participants and was one of the largest advocacy events held by any industry in Washington, D.C.
Participants will travel to our nation’s capitol on Wednesday, April 3rd, and kick off the event at 3 PM with invited keynote speaker Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor, followed by advocacy training and a networking reception from 5 to 6:30 PM. This training will prepare you to best communicate with members of Congress and their staffs, and you will be provided with issue papers to present to your Senators and Representatives.
On Thursday, April 4th, attendees will gather for breakfast at the hotel before heading up to the House and Senate office buildings for the main event – their meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. All participants will have between 3-5 meetings with their Senators, Representative or congressional staff. Your Congressional appointments will be scheduled for you; they will start at 9 AM and continue throughout the day and you’ll receive your schedule of meetings and talking points on key policy issues upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency. There will also be an optional reception that evening for those interested in unwinding and sharing stories.
Hotel rooms and event space for this unique advocacy event have been secured at the Hyatt Regency Washington, located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, in a limited room block at a special rate of $299 per night. Registration for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 is only $75 for company representatives and $25 for roof system installers and students. Visit www.nrca.net/roofingday to register, make your hotel reservations and for more details. If you have any questions, please call NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at 800.338.5765.