2016 Government Affairs Conference

Online Registration is now closed. On-site registration is available. Please contact Heather at houthuse@awpa.org. 


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New Dates and New Format – Designed to Make an Impact in this Important Election Year!

At this year’s Government Affairs Conference we will join with the National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Summit to advocate for manufacturing on Capitol Hill. Combining forces with NAM in this election year allows us to make a strong impact in support of manufacturing. Hundreds of representatives from manufacturing companies will hit Capitol Hill to discuss issues and policies affecting the manufacturing economy. 

Combining Congressional advocacy, committee meetings, time for business, and an evening reception for renewing relationships with colleagues and customers, all while finishing up with plenty of time for a short trip up to Connecticut for WireExpo on Wednesday, this year’s Government Affairs Conference should not be missed!



Committee & Board Meetings

This year’s schedule moves all committee meetings to Monday, June 6. The regular slate of Membership, PC Strand and Stainless product committees will also include a planning meeting to shape the establishment a Wire Rope Committee. Interested producers should set aside some time on Monday afternoon to meet with other companies in this product sector. Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings will also take place on Monday. Please check the Schedule of Events for times. Those of you with morning meetings will need to arrive on Sunday.

Opening Reception

Monday evening will provide time dedicated to meeting old friends and checking in with your knowledgeable industry colleagues. The reception on Monday evening gives attendees an opportunity to mix and mingle, and begin discussing the issues on your personal agenda and AWPA’s government affairs agenda.

Wire & Wire Products Caucus Briefing & Breakfast, and Congressional Visits

On Tuesday ADVOCACY takes center stage. AWPA encourages all members to participate in the Caucus Briefing and Congressional Visits. The Caucus Briefing and Congressional Visits serve a two-fold purpose: keeping AWPA members and our Congressional Representatives up-to-date on the current trade issues facing the steel wire industry and it’s an opportunity to thank them for the passage of ENFORCE.  In order to have an impact, we must use this opportunity to educate our Representatives about the industry and the issues we face, and encourage them to influence government policy on our behalf.  Your participation is vital to ensure the level of turnout that will make an impression on our legislators.  With the current regulatory and legislative challenges facing the industry, the information provided is more important than ever.  Tuesday morning begins on Capitol Hill with a Wire Caucus briefing on ENFORCE implementation, and Congressional Visits will take place in the afternoon.

National Association of Manufacturers Issue Briefing and Lunch

In addition to the Wire Products Caucus Briefing on Capitol Hill, we will also attend NAM’s Issue Briefing & Lunch on Tuesday. We will hear a nationally recognized keynote speaker, and hear a briefing on the manufacturing and economic issues facing US industry. By Tuesday afternoon, you will have all the tools and talking points you need to advocate for manufacturing and ENFORCE implementation during your congressional visits.

National Association of Manufacturers Reception & Dinner with Keynote Address (Optional)

For those who are interested, NAM will also hold a reception and dinner event at an offsite location Tuesday night.  NAM is known for its political muscle and will host a nationally recognized keynote speaker.  Registration for this event will be available online for an additional $180.00.

Congressional Visits Debriefing Breakfast

On Wednesday morning we will gather for breakfast and discuss the results of our congressional visits from the day before. Bring your scorecards, and let your fellow AWPA members know who you met with, and how they responded. Sharing this information is the important next step in our advocacy efforts – Janet Kopenhaver, AWPA’s Director of Government Relations, will use this information to focus efforts where they can make the most impact, and will provide follow-up information to Representatives and Senators after your meetings.