2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit

Sept. 18-19, 2019

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What can I expect at the Legislative Summit?

The Summit takes place over two days and consists of issue briefings, guest speakers, networking opportunities and in-person meetings with members of Congress and legislative staff. In addition to getting up to speed on the industry’s most pressing issues, attendees will learn how to navigate Capitol Hill and effectively engage with elected officials.

Attendees are grouped by state and attend anywhere from three to six meetings with congressional offices over the course of a day.

Your time in Washington will be brief but your participation will go a long way toward achieving our industry’s legislative goals.

How do I register for the Summit?

You can register online or submit a completed copy of the PDF registration form. Visit www.autocare.org/summit for the latest registration information.

Is there a fee to participate?

There is a $295 fee for individuals employed by Auto Care Association member companies; however, that fee is waived for all Auto Care Association Volunteer Leaders (i.e., active members of association committees and community boards). This fee goes toward meals, receptions, speakers and all meeting materials for the event. It does not include hotel/travel.

What if I want to attend Fall Leadership Days as well?

This is the first time that the Legislative Summit will take place in conjunction with the Auto Care Association’s Leadership Days meeting—a biannual conference featuring industry education and committee meetings. Volunteer Leaders will already be in town, but guests attending the Summit are welcome to extend their stay and participate in Fall Leadership Days at no additional cost. The full Leadership Days schedule is available at www.autocare.org/events.

Who schedules my congressional meetings?

Auto Care staff will handle the entire scheduling process. Legislators and their staff typically want to meet with constituents—your home or business must reside in the district or state in order for a meeting to receive approval. However, if you have a personal relationship with a particular legislator or your company has multiple facilities across the country, let us know and we can adjust your target list.

What if I am not a U.S. resident?

Members who are based outside the U.S. are welcome to participate in the Legislative Summit. At minimum, you will have the opportunity to meet with legislators who represent U.S. districts or states where your company or your customers have locations. If all of your business relationships are foreign, Auto Care staff will assign you to meetings where you will have the greatest impact based on the industry segment you represent.

How do I book my hotel room?

The Auto Care Association has secured a group rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, a short walk from the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings. Attendees coming in from out of town should plan to book Wednesday, Sept. 18, but if you are traveling a far distance or planning to extend your stay, Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 19 are available to you as well.

If you would like additional hotel recommendations, please contact the Meetings & Events team at meetings@autocare.org or (301) 654-6664.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please call the Auto Care Association Meetings & Events team at (301) 654-6664 should you need to modify or cancel your registration. Full refunds will be processed for cancellations received up to 30 days before the conference start date. Cancellations received after 30 days will receive a 50 percent refund. No refunds will be processed for cancellations received 14 days before the conference.

Any travel recommendations?

For those leaving D.C. on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 19, please ensure your departure time is no earlier than 6:30 p.m., as meetings on Capitol Hill can go as late as 4:30 p.m.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to fly into Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is a short cab/subway ride from downtown. The other two airports, Dulles and BWI, are each located 25+ miles outside the city and can be a nightmare to get to and from, especially during rush hour. For those able to travel by train, Union Station is walking distance from both the hotel and Capitol Hill.

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Please contact David Pinkham at david.pinkham@autocare.org or 240-333-1028.

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