AmericanHort has announced it will be hosting Impact Washington, an inaugural advocacy and policy summit, in Washington, DC, Sept. 12-13.
The two-day summit will feature discussions with elected leaders, their staffs, and other policy experts on timely topics, including immigration and the horticulture industry workforce, Farm Bill programs affecting horticulture, tax reform, and other issues critical to our industry.
“At AmericanHort, advocacy and representation in Washington, DC, are part of our legacy,” says Ken Fisher, President and CEO of AmericanHort. “Today, we are proud to be working across all areas of the industry to develop thought leadership, policy, and coalitions to protect your business from the effects of harmful regulation and legislation.”
During the summit, attendees will meet with elected officials in the House and Senate to represent the horticulture industry and discuss the issues and their impact on business success. It will be an opportunity for those in attendance to share personal and relevant experiences to help provide context and influence on legislative decisions that are being made.
Confirmed to address Impact Washington is Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). As a U.S. Senator, Tillis’ committee assignments include the Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for immigration and visa program policy. He’s quickly emerged as a hard-working advocate for immigration reform that addresses the critical needs of horticulture. During the summit, Senator Tillis will be sharing his insights on the new political world order in Washington and the path forward on the toughest of policy priorities.
Attendees will also hear from Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, who served as Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. from 2007-2013. Now a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy School, he’ll be discussing his vision for Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S., the future relations between our nations, and the implications for the horticulture industry.
According to AmericanHort, Impact Washington should be an invaluable experience for attendees and a powerful opportunity to have the horticulture industry’s voice heard. To learn more and to register, visit AmericanHort.org/Impact. Registrations are limited, so interested attendees are advised to register early to secure their seat.