Washington, DC Fly-In Expanded – National Toy Week Planned

August 6, 2013 | An exciting line-up of events is scheduled to take place during the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 6th annual Washington, DC Fly-In from September 17-19, 2013. Each of the activities will showcase to federal policymakers the important impact that the U.S. toy industry has on the economy and the positive role that toys play in the development and well-being of our nation’s children.

  • A newly-formed, bipartisan “Congressional Toy Caucus” will launch during the Fly-In on Wednesday, September 18th.  Its goal is to help advance the discussion of subjects such as toy safety, the value of play, the growth of small toy businesses, the importance of creativity and innovation, and the increase of free trade opportunities in foreign markets. The Caucus will be co-chaired by Congressman Ron Kind and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Members of Congress who have toy companies in their district and / or have an interest in the toy industry have been invited to join. 
  • Throughout the Fly-In, toy company representatives will visit Capitol Hill to participate in Congressional Meetings with key House and Senate members. These meetings are excellent opportunities to highlight the impact that policy decisions have on TIA’s members, the day-to-day operations of toy businesses, and – ultimately – the lives of children. Additional discussions with officials from federal departments and agencies will also take place.

  • TIA will host a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill on September 18th allowing Fly-In participants to continue discussions with legislator and their staffs.
  • Additional TIA-directed communications to Members of Congress will raise toy industry awareness in DC: A special Capitol Hill briefing on the world of toys and games will be held on September 19th and a print ad letting Members of Congress know that the toy industry is in town will be published in The Hill, a widely read political paper in Washington.

“Next month’s Fly-In is an incredibly important advocacy event for the U.S. toy industry,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. “We hope that our members will take advantage of this unique opportunity to help promote the toy industry and raise the level of awareness federal government officials have about the toy industry, toy companies, and the work we do with children.”

Registration for the Fly-In is open. The event’s host hotel is the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington; the cut-off date for the TIA negotiated room rate is August 23rd.  For additional information, please contact Andy Hackman, TIA’s vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356).