Schedule of Events Announced for Washington, DC Fly-In; Registration Still Open
August 19, 2013 | Members of Congress, a new commissioner from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an executive in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and other representatives of the federal government are preparing to welcome members of the toy industry to the nation’s capital during the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 6th annual Washington, DC Fly-In, taking place September 17-19, 2013.
Throughout the three-day event, industry participants will interact with federal officials during briefings and panel discussions, engaging with them in small group meetings to discuss the toy industry’s vital impact on the economy and its unique legislative needs. Areas of focus are expected to include the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the agenda is currently in development and will be finalized in the coming days.
The Fly-In will kick-off on Tuesday with an opening reception, dinner, and keynote address from a high-ranking government official (confirmation pending; to be announced soon).
Wednesday’s agenda will begin with a briefing breakfast for toy companies, followed by a panel discussion on TSCA reform activities, additional congressional meetings and lunch on Capitol Hill with Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR).
The day will conclude with an early evening reception at the House of Representatives’ Longworth Office Building. During the reception, Congressmen Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) will launch the newly-formed, bipartisan Congressional Toy Caucus. The caucus will serve to further the discussion surrounding the value of play, as well as toy safety, the growth of small businesses, the cultivation of creativity and innovation, and the increase of free trade opportunities in foreign markets. Members of Congress who have toy companies in their district and / or have an interest in the toy industry have been invited to join.
On Thursday, toy company representatives will have the opportunity to meet with newly appointed Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle, who will discuss her background and vision for the CPSC. Next, a representative from the USTR will meet with delegates to discuss current USTR global initiatives on trade and development.
A toy industry briefing for congressional staff will follow.
“TIA has expanded this year’s Fly-In to offer a full week of activities, maximizing participants’ time in DC and increasing opportunities to interact with the decision-makers who impact your businesses,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. “We need companies of all sizes to participate in this critically important advocacy event, and lend your voice to raise awareness about the toy industry and the work we do to promote safe, fun and enriching play.”
Registration for the Fly-In is open. The event’s host hotel is the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington. A negotiated room rate of $229 is available through August 23rd; reserve your room online or by phone (202.582.1234).
For more information about the DC Fly-In, please contact Andy Hackman, TIA’s vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356) or Rachel Hedge, TIA director of federal government affairs (202.459.0351).