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NRCA Insider: NRCA's fall meetings are successful (Members Only)

More than 100 NRCA members and affiliate executives attended NRCA's Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference Oct. 17-20 at The Madison in Washington, D.C. The meetings were productive, and the event presented a great opportunity for roofing industry representatives to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advance NRCA's government relations objectives.

On Oct. 17, NRCA members heard a luncheon presentation from Cheryl Oldman, senior vice president for workforce policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Oldham provided an overview of the Chamber of Commerce's new Talent Pipeline Management program, an innovative, demand-driven system designed to help employers address their future workforce development needs. The program presents significant potential collaborative opportunities with NRCA's ProCertification worker training program currently in development.

That afternoon, the NRCA Government Relations Committee met to discuss federal legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the roofing industry. Committee members discussed NRCA's advocacy efforts regarding tax reform; legislation to reduce regulatory burdens; the status of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; initiatives to address workforce shortages; and other issues that affect the roofing industry.

On Tuesday evening, 75 NRCA members and guests gathered for a fundraising reception for ROOFPAC, NRCA's political action committee, on the outdoor terrace at Morton's Steakhouse. The event raised critical funds for ROOFPAC, the voice of the roofing industry in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, NRCA members heard from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) during lunch. Flake provided an update regarding the work of Congress to address tax reform, regulatory reform and immigration-related legislation.

On Wednesday afternoon, NRCA members headed to Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff to urge action on NRCA's key legislative issues. In these meetings, NRCA members advocated for tax reform that lowers tax rates for all businesses; regulatory reform legislation designed to reduce regulatory burdens on employers; and legislation to address the widespread workforce shortages that confront roofing industry employers. By taking our message directly to Capitol Hill, NRCA's views are being heard in our nation's capital.

The day was capped off with an appreciation dinner for members of NRCA's Political Insiders Council (PIC), our major donor program for ROOFPAC, at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab. PIC members enjoyed an evening of fine food, drinks and networking along with special guest Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

On Thursday, Oct. 19, the PAC Advisory Committee met to discuss NRCA's efforts to strengthen and expand ROOFPAC. Committee members discussed fundraising strategies for ROOFPAC, including upcoming events at NRCA's 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans in February 2018, as well as efforts to broaden participation in ROOFPAC among NRCA members.

At Thursday's luncheon, NRCA members were addressed by Loren Sweatt, OSHA's new deputy assistant secretary of labor. Sweatt is a longtime friend of NRCA; staff in the Washington, D.C., office have worked with her for many years regarding OSHA policy issues when she was in her previous position as a professional staff member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the House of Representatives. She provided an overview of current Trump administration policies regarding workplace safety and OSHA regulations, and NRCA looks forward to working with her on workplace safety policy in the future.

The meetings concluded with a reception on Thursday afternoon and The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress meeting Friday morning.

If you have questions or want more information about how to become more involved with NRCA's government relations activities, please contact NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765.

To view photos from NRCA's Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference, click here.


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