NAMA Expands Annual Fly-In Program With Day-Long Advocacy Summit, Encourages Early Arrival

Posted On: 5/11/2019

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CHICAGO – The National Automatic Merchandising Association has expanded its annual legislative Fly-In taking place at the Georgetown Fairmont Hotel here with a day-long Advocacy Summit that kicks off the event on Tuesday, July 16. The association is encouraging participants to arrive Monday evening, July 15 and join the 6 p.m. welcome reception, so they can hit the ground running the next morning.
"This is NAMA's first Fly-In that includes its Advocacy Summit. On Tuesday, attendees will hear from federal agency experts about current and future issues impacting the convenience services industry," said NAMA director of federal and state affairs Mike Goscinski. "Registering early will guarantee your spot at the table and help the NAMA team provide the best possible programing while you are in Washington."
Tuesday's agenda begins with a breakfast on the "Political And Small Business 2019 Landscape" led by Tom Sullivan, vice-president of Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
It will be followed by "Advancing the Industry's Public Health Agenda Attendees," featuring decision makers from the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control, who will share their efforts in this important area, and advocate on behalf of the industry around nutrition, wellness and public health issues.
Next on the agenda is "Impacting Energy and Environmental Regulations," an interactive discussion with regulatory leaders from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency will give participants direct impact on the current/future regulatory agenda for issues such as vending machine refrigerants and energy requirements.
"The Future of Coin and Currency" will be an interactive discussion with top-level agency leaders from the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Government Accountability office. Discussion topics will include a new government report on the future of currency.
A lunch will follow, featuring Industry Leaders in Public Policy Panel, made up of NAMA members who are serving their communities in local elected office. Confirmed speakers include Indiana State Senator Jon Ford, a long-time NAMA member and Fly-in participant.
Rounding out the Advocacy Summit will be "The Future of Food Regulation and Micromarkets. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators will present current and future plans for food regulation at the federal level, engaging attendees in advocacy dialogue around important industry concerns such as calorie disclosure, micromarket definitions, and packaging/labeling issues.
NAMA government affairs officials will then brief participants on the key issues impacting the convenience services industry that the group will discuss with legislators during their meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. A dinner with guest speaker, to be announced, will round out the evening.
Bright and early on Wednesday morning, July 17, Fly-In participants will break up into state groups, each of which will have scheduled visits to the offices of the legislators who represent them. From noon until 2 p.m., NAMA will  host congressional staff members at its annual open house featuring a display of the state of the art in vending machines and micromarkets and the latest better-for-you products.
Click here for the full agenda and to register.