Registration Opens for 7th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In; Draft Agenda Available
July 8, 2014 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that registration is open for its 7th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In, which will bring toy company representatives to the nation’s capital on September 16-18, 2014 to discuss with Members of Congress and other government officials the priority issues impacting TIA’s member companies, including unnecessary chemical regulation and burdensome testing requirements. A draft schedule of activities for the event is now available.
“Our annual Fly-In provides member participants with an opportunity to collectively get involved in the legislative process. Participating in the event helps to raise awareness among government leaders about the impact of proposed legislation and regulation on our industry, reminds them of the important role that toy companies play in the national economy, and reconfirms our ongoing commitment to keeping kids safe at play,” said Ed Desmond, TIA’s executive vice president of external affairs.
This year’s event will kick off on Tuesday, September 16th with a “United We Play” opening reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by TIA and the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF). During the evening, the hosts will announce a donation of 2,500 toys to children’s charities within the home districts of five Members of Congress to be honored at the reception. Each chosen charity and the deserving children that they serve will receive 500 toys from TIF’s signature program, The Toy Bank.
“We are pleased to honor Members of Congress by providing the magic of play to children in need within their home districts,” said Jean Butler, executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation. “Each of the chosen local charities will receive Toy Bank toys in time to spread smiles and cheer this holiday season.”
The Fly-In will continue with a full schedule of meetings and activities on Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th, including meals with special guest speakers, congressional meetings, a compliance workshop hosted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other special events to be announced in the coming weeks. The draft agenda is now available.
TIA will reimburse the cost of two nights stay at the Mandarin Oriental for the first 10 inaugural participants to register, including companies that refer first-time registrants.
The DC Fly-In is free to attend and open to all TIA members; registration may be completed online. Association staff will schedule and plan all meetings and events logistics.
The host hotel for the Fly-In is the Mandarin Oriental in downtown Washington, conveniently located near Capitol Hill. A negotiated room rate of $249 is available through August 15, 2014; reserve your room online or by phone (202.554.8588). September is a busy time in D.C., and participants are encouraged to make their hotel reservations early while accommodations at the Mandarin are still available.
For more information about this year’s DC Fly-In, contact Rachel Derby, TIA’s director of government affairs (202.459.0351).