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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Luncheon Fundraiser
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 19
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Chris Stirewalt
Political Editor - Fox News Channel

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for the Fox News Channel. Working in FNC’s Washington Bureau since 2010, Stirewalt helps coordinate political coverage across the network. His daily newsletter, Fox News First, boasts nearly 200,000 subscribers. He is also part of the Fox News Decision Desk team on election nights calling races over the past three electoral cycles.

Stirewalt makes daily appearances on the network including The Kelly File, America’s Newsroom, Special Report with Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and hosts Power Play on

Stirewalt also hosts a podcast with Dana Perino Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What which spun off into a television show by the same name during the lead up to the 2016 election.

Prior to joining FNC, Stirewalt served as political editor for The Washington Examiner where he wrote a twice-weekly column and led political coverage for the newspaper. He also served as politics editor at the Charleston Daily Mail and West Virginia Media. Stirewalt began his career at the Wheeling Intelligencer in West Virginia.

He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

Tuesday, March 20
7:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.

 Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Senator Joni Ernst has dedicated her life to Iowa and her country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate.

In November 2014, Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on four Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Joni is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget.

Congressman David Young (R-IA)

Congressman David Young, a sixth generation Iowan, began his political career working as a legislative and policy aide in Iowa and on Captiol Hill. He initially served the people of Iowa as Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley.

Now in his second-term representing Iowa's third district, Rep. Young serves on the House Appropriations Committee. His subcommittee assignments include Agriculture, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Financial Services and General Government.

The congressman is driven to fix problems, and is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of 70 House Republicans commited to finding common-sense solutions to the challenges facing our nation. His mission is to make government more efficient, effective, and accountable.


Conference Sessions 

Policy Issue Breakout Sessions
Monday, March 19
2:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m.

Workforce Development: Helping Employers Close the Skills Gap

Chad Moutray
Chief Economist
National Association of Manufacturers

Businesses across the country are thinking about ways to attract and develop talented individuals. Shortages for trained workers exist in multiple sectors including construction and manufacturing. As labor force participation continues to decrease, employers are struggling with a "skills gap" between what prospective workers can do and the overall needs of the organization. A strong economy depends on a dynamic workforce that can learn new technologies and respond to changing business needs.

As Congress and the White House explore ways to improve exisiting workforce development programs, businesses should have a plan for attracting and retaining talented individuals. This session will explore the overall economic conditions, challenges companies face in developing workers, and provide examples of programs that have successfully attracted and trained new workers.

Regulatory Reform: Key Insight and Analysis

 Joseph Johnson, Ph. D.
 Exec. Director Federal Regulatory Process Review & Analysis
 Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division
 U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The annual cost of federal regulation now exceeds $1 trillon. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) enacted in 1946 is the governing law for federal rule-making but has not been significantly updated by Congress to ensure a fair and sound process is followed for the extensive and costly rule-makings that occur today. Congress is currently considering several bills that seek to improve the process by providing a more comprehensive set of rule-making requirements federal agencies must follow in developing and implementing federal regulations, along with the way they are permitted to enter in to settlement agreements.

As Congress works to make these refoms, how would this benefit the construction and manufacturing sectors? What obstacles exist and are there areas of bipartisan agreement? This session will discuss the current status of regulatory reform, identify key areas of focus by lawmakers, and explore the possible impact on the industry.

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, March 19
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

The joint networking reception is the perfect time to meet new business associates and catch up with old ones. Not only will you be able to participate in a relaxed and fun social event, you will be able to make an impact on the industry’s legislative initiatives by participating in the evening’s silent auction benefiting NLBMDA’s and WDMA’s advocacy efforts. To donate an item, please check the box on your registration form and a staff member will follow up with you.

Washington Briefing Breakfast
Tuesday, March 20
6:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The annual Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from two Members of Congress, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the new Trump administration.

Issue Briefing
Tuesday, March 20
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Your association government relations staff will review the specific talking points to help you to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits. During this session staff will answer any questions that you may and provide tips on hoe to get our message across clearly and effectively.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits
Tuesday, March 20             Wednesday, March 21
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Your elected officials rely on feedback from their constituents to keep them apprised of the economic climate and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative actions impact employers and jobs in their communities. In addition, federal agency officials often do not get to hear from the business people that their proposed regulations will impact directly. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss industry issues and concerns.

Capitol Hill Legislative Reception - Rayburn Foyer
Tuesday, March 20
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Following visits to Capitol Hill offices, share your thoughts on your Congressional visits with your friends and colleagues at the annual Legislative Reception.  Members of Congress and their key staff members are also invited to attend and it serves as a perfect way to show appreciation for our supporters on Capitol Hill.