(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Policy decisions taking place in Congress have a tremendous impact on Hoosier businesses. The Indiana Chamber is encouraging organizations to take an active role in these conversations by attending the group's annual Washington D.C. Fly-in event on September 18-19.
Participants have the opportunity to speak with their representative and senators during a panel discussion, moderated by Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business, and at a sit-down dinner. Day two features visits to congressional offices to continue the dialogue.
"This is a great event that gives the Hoosier business community a unique opportunity to interact with members of the Indiana Congressional delegation. It's a chance to discuss a range of important issues and to learn firsthand what is happening on Capitol Hill. It is a valuable experience that also happens to be a lot of fun," says Chris Cerone, vice president of global government affairs for Zimmer Inc. in Warsaw.
Another highlight is a breakfast briefing on effective advocacy strategies presented by two speakers from FaegreBD Consulting: Dave Zook (chair) and former California Congresswoman Mary Bono (senior vice president).
New this year, the Indiana Chamber is partnering with several local chambers to present a unified voice. Six local chambers so far have committed to bringing a number of participants from their communities.
"It is important to be able to review vital issues with our congressional leaders. It is also a great opportunity to build relationships with members of Congress and their staff," explains Cam Carter, Indiana Chamber vice president of economic development and federal relations.
Cost for the event is $149 per person. Each attendee is responsible for his or her own travel and lodging arrangements.
Register online at www.indianachamber.com/specialevents or call (800) 824-6885.
The D.C. Fly-in dinner is sponsored by Zimmer, Inc.; the breakfast briefing by Faegre Baker Daniels and FaegreBD Consulting. Event sponsors include the Build Indiana Council and Duke Energy.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce partners with 15,000 members and investors -- representing 2.6 million Hoosiers -- to achieve the mission of "cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity."