The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will host its third annual fly-in to advocate for the roofing industry on Capitol Hill April 21-22, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Better known as Roofing Day, the event draws hundreds of roofing contractors and other industry stakeholders together to meet with members of congress and their staffs. Divided into state delegations, participants deliver coordinated messages about the most important legislative and regulatory issues affecting the roofing industry.
The unique and exciting opportunity to converge on Capitol Hill and speak with “one voice” started two years ago, when participants advocated for immigration policy, jobs training programs and regulatory reform. Last April, hundreds of participants from all segments of the roofing industry met again to deliver similar messages to legislators. In more than 300 separate meetings, roofing professionals discussed the urgent need for immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs; expanded workforce training incentives; and a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation currently being debated by lawmakers.
Among the highlights was a meeting between top NRCA officials and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, a first for the industry.
Among the topics on this year’s agenda are:
- Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs;
- Increased funding for career and technical education programs;
- Legislation to advance the use of energy-efficiency technologies;
- Legislation to prohibit reverse auctions in federal construction procurement.
Those arriving early can also participate in the inaugural Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020. The forum will help attendees identify ways to engage underrepresented groups, develop resources to increase cultural competency, and explore why supporting diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion is a business imperative to strengthen the workforce. Visit nrca.net/diversity-inclusion to view the schedule and register.
Roofing contractors are encouraged to bring one or more standout crew members to help share the industry’s story for Roofing Day. Early-bird registration is $95 for company representatives, and NRCA is offering a special registration rate of $35 for roof system installers through Feb. 29. The Marriott Washington Wardman Park is the host hotel. Learn more and register today at www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.