2021 Legislative Action Day

Let’s get our industry back to business.

For the past year, we’ve been shouting from the rooftops to help our industry, our friends, our communities, recover from this pandemic.

Well, June is right around the corner. This is the time of year when we tell our stories directly to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Make plans to join the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance on June 1-2 for this year’s Legislative Action Day. The ECA is the unified voice of the face-to-face business events industry. We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Our voices matter. Now more than ever.

On June 1, we will host a program that is designed to give you the tools you need to effectively advocate on behalf of the industry. Who to contact, how to contact and what to say. This program will be hosted online and is open to all, at no cost.

On June 2, we will break into smaller groups for in-depth video conferences with key legislators. Each group will have designated spokespeople and we will provide training. Whether you are new to advocacy or a seasoned pro, we invite you to participate in these important meetings.

You can sign up for one or both days.  We are setting up the June 2 video conferences now, and will need all attendees to register by May 21, 2021.

The focus of this year’s Legislative Action Day will be the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act (S.477/H.R. 1346). Section 2 of this bill brings jobs back by providing recovery measures for the convention and trade show industries and their workers through restart credits.

Don’t miss this opportunity to speak your voice, share our story, and help save our industry.

Join the June 1 live broadcast at
1PM ET / 12PM CT / 10AM PT by clicking here.

Important Dates

MAY 5

Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act (HCJRA)
What the HCJRA means to the business events industry (pre-recorded content available on-demand)

  • Tommy Goodwin, VP Government Affairs, ECA
  • Herve Sedky, Chair, ECA; CEO, Emerald Events
MAY 19

How to be an Effective Advocate
Learn tips and tricks on contacting lawmakers, an update on HCJRA, resources and tool kits at your fingertips (pre-recorded content available on-demand)

  • Nicole Bowman, MBA, Executive Director, Exhibitions Mean Business
  • Tommy Goodwin, VP Government Affairs, ECA
  • Megan Tanel, CEM, Vice Chair, ECA

Event Details

JUNE 1

ECA Legislative Action Day Virtual Program | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Join us for an hour of live programming on updates from ECA, the HCJRA and tool kits and messaging you can use. (This is free to attend – join here)

JUNE 2

ECA Legislative Action Day Virtual Appointments on Capitol Hill
Virtual appointments will take place all day and will be scheduled through DC Flyins. Appointments are scheduled from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET and are grouped by state. ($50 USD to participate)

Schedule

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET Virtual appointments on Capitol Hill

Event Toolkit

Social Media Toolkit

Help amplify the message on Capitol Hill with messaging about the business events industry and its economic impact.

Advocacy Resources

The ECA has provided several key resources to help you on the path to being an effective advocate, not only for the legislative action day, but for ongoing outreach.

Need Additional Help?

Tommy Goodwin, VP of Government Affairs
E tommy.goodwin@ecalliance.us
D +1 703.672.0780

Nicole Bowman, MBA, Executive Director – Exhibitions Mean Business
E nbowman@iaee.com
D +1 469.534.3638