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MIC’s Capitol Hill Fly-In is your opportunity to meet with members of Congress (or their staff) to communicate important issues affecting your business and the powersports industry.

 

TOGETHER OUR VOICE IS STRONGER

Our voice is stronger when we come together to advocate for the needs of the powersports industry – we have a greater chance of being heard by Members of Congress as they vote on legislation affecting us.

WHEN CONSTITUENTS SPEAK, CONGRESS LISTENS

 

This is your opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff that represent you, your business, and your customers. 

 

With the coordination efforts of the MIC’s Government Relations Office, the Fly-In provides MIC members a unique opportunity to speak with a collective voice while advocating for important issues affecting your business and the powersports industry.

 

SO WHY ATTEND?

To make a difference by educating capitol hill about the power of our nearly $40 billion dollar industry and increasing the profile of the powersports industry

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To affect change that positively impacts our business by fighting tariffs, keeping lands open and supporting bills that encourage safety and awareness

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Add your voice to a unified effort that is taking action now for our future

 

Federal policy affects all of our businesses.   

 

Members of Congress want/need to hear from employers in their districts and states. We need to let them know of the jobs and revenue impact our companies have on the economy and more specifically, their constituents and economy back home.

YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTORS TO THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY

 

This is your opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns on the ways current issues may impact your business:

 

  • Tariffs are making manufacturing and importing motorcycle products more expensive. That either eats into your bottom line or you pass those costs along to your customers, which may result in lower sales. Congress needs to hear this directly from YOU.

 

  • The new Highway bill will provide funding for transportation infrastructure such as the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). RTP provides critical funding for trail development and maintenance, so our customers have places to ride our products. DC needs to know this is critical for our industry’s sustainability and growth so we can continue to grow our nearly $40 billion industry.

 

  • The new Highway bill will also fund infrastructure and research affecting our industry.  Emerging autonomous vehicle technology must be able to recognize and react to motorcycles. Capitol Hill needs to understand why this matters to our industry and how they can ensure a safe riding environment for our customers.

 

  • Access to federal lands for recreational purposes is another important component of ensuring that our customers have quality riding opportunities.  Land access means more riding and growth for our industry. This directly impacts your bottom line. 

 

Raising the profile of our industry on the Hill results in increased awareness among lawmakers’ offices as we support legislation that benefits the industry and oppose legislation that harms the industry. 

 

Every voice increases our profile and our ability to influence government leaders and effect change.  

HIGHLIGHTS AND SPEAKERS FROM THE 2019 FLY-IN

Jessica Wahl, ORR

Rep. Tim Wallberg, R-MI

Rep. John Curtis, R-UT

Rep. Paul Cook R-CA (L), MIC Senior VP Government Relations Scott Schloegel (R)

Rep. Michael Burgiss, R-TX

MIC Senior VP, Government Relations Scott Schloegel addresses MIC Members.

Rep. Bob Bishop, R-UT

Senator Ron Johnson of WI

Senator Gary Peters of MI

MIC President & CEO, Erik Pritchard

All you have to do is register and attend. MIC will:

  • Schedule your meetings

  • Hold an orientation and prepare you for what to expect

  • Help you shape your messages

  • Provide you with industry position papers and talking points

  • Equip you with briefing papers and leave-behinds

  • Arrange exclusive briefings by Members of Congress

MEMBERS ATTEND FOR FREE. Register by March 9, 2020.

 

MEMBER ORIENTED

MIC Members will:
  • Have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress (or their staff) and communicate positions on important issues, both company-specific and industry-wide.

  • Participate in issues briefings with key Members of Congress, congressional staff and knowledgeable Capitol Hill insiders.

  • Network with fellow industry leaders.

  • Gain a better understanding of the issues that MIC staff advocates for and how these issues affect the overall powersports industry.

  • Help cultivate and maintain relationships with Capitol Hill allies and gain a deeper understanding of how these relationships make it possible to further industry objectives.

  • Explore the Capitol grounds and office buildings.

 
CONGRESSIONALLY ORIENTED

Congressional allies and other Members of Congress will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the size and scope of the powersports industry and its positive economic impact both nationwide and in their states when it comes to manufacturing, retail, travel and tourism, recreation, and trade.

  • Hear from industry leaders about how their votes could impact the powersports industry.

  • Recognize you as a job creater/supporter in their district or state and look to you for advice on policy decisions.

 

Capitol Hill meeting itineraries will be distributed upon your arrival at the Fly-In. Due to ever-changing congressional schedules, our Government Relations Office will be making adjustments to itineraries right up to the Fly-In.

 

Please note: It’s best if you schedule your departure travel later than 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, March 25, to allow sufficient time for Wednesday’s Hill visits. We try to avoid any last-minute Hill meeting cancellations, as they can hinder our ability to schedule future meetings with those Members of Congress.

 

CAPITOL HILL FLY-IN AGENDA*

*Subject to change. Agenda will be updated as events are confirmed.

MONDAY, MARCH 23

  • Arrivals

  • Welcome cocktail reception

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

  • Morning welcome messages and issue briefings on the Hill

  • Private tour of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building

  • Lunch

  • Individual Hill office visits

  • MIC Member PAC reception & heavy hors d'oeuvres

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

  • Morning briefings on the Hill to include Ridership update and special guests

  • Lunch available to attendees

  • Individual Hill office visits

  • Chairman’s Thank You Dinner

Please note: If you choose not to stay for the thank you dinner on Wednesday, it’s best if you schedule your departure after 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, March 25, to allow sufficient time for Wednesday’s Hill visits. We try to avoid any last-minute Hill meeting cancellations, as they can hinder our ability to schedule future meetings with those Members of Congress.

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

 

A Discounted Rate of $319/night (plus tax) has been Contracted at:

Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard 
140 L Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
202-479-0027
marriott.com/wasny

 

Book here To take advantage of discounted rates. Reservations can also be made by calling the front desk directly at 202-479-0027 and referencing "Motorcycle Industry".  The hotel is conveniently located next to the Metro.

 

The Deadline to take advantage of this great rate is February 27, 2020. 

 

Hotel Amenities:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in all guest rooms, meeting space and public areas

  • Complimentary access to the onsite fitness room, indoor pool and whirlpool

  • Parking available (fee)

  • 1 mile from Capitol Hill

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Nearest airports:

  • 5 miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport

  • 31 miles from Dulles International Airport

  • 33 miles from BWI Airport

 

The best way to get to the hotel is via Uber or Taxi. If  but if using the Metro, it is across from the Navy Yard Metro Stop

 

JOIN US

REGISTER BY MARCH 9, 2020

 

Registration is free for MIC Members. Please note: your travel and hotel arrangements and costs are not included.

If you are not able to attend the Fly-In, but would like to make a donation to help offset a portion of the Fly-In's cost, please send an email to memberservices@mic.org.

Non-MIC members interested in attending the Capitol Hill Fly-In may participate at a cost of $1000 (travel and hotel not included). This is a great way to see the benefits of being an MIC member first-hand. The $1000 will be applied to your first year of membership dues if you become an MIC Member by July 1, 2020.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Pata Hall at the MIC Government Relations office. Call (703) 416-0444, Ext. 3201 or email phall@mic.org.