COLUMBUS, OH - AmericanHort will host Impact Washington, an advocacy and policy summit, in Washington, D.C. September 12 - 13.
The two-day summit will feature elected leaders, their staff, and other policy experts on timely topics, including immigration and our workforce, farm bill programs affecting horticulture, tax reform, and other issues critical to our industry.
“At AmericanHort, advocacy and representation in Washington, D.C. are part of our legacy,” said AmericanHort CEO and President Ken Fisher according to a press release. “Today, we are proud to be the one green industry organization working across all areas of the industry to develop thought leadership, policy, and coalitions to protect your business from the effects of harmful regulation and legislation.”
During the summit, attendees will meet with elected officials in the House and Senate to represent the horticulture industry and discuss the issues and their impact on business success. This will be an opportunity for those in attendance to share personal and relevant experiences to help provide context and influence on the legislative decisions that are being made.
Confirmed to address Impact Washington is Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina. As a U.S. Senator, Tillis’ committee assignments include the Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for immigration and visa program policy. He’s quickly emerged as a hard-working advocate for immigration reform that addresses the critical needs of horticulture. During the summit, Senator Tillis will be sharing his insights on the new political world order in Washington and the path forward on the toughest of policy priorities.
Attendees will also hear from Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan who served as Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. from 2007-2013. Now a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy School, he’ll be discussing his vision for Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S., the future relations between the U.S. and Mexico and the implications for the horticulture industry.
Registrations are limited, interested attendees are advised to register early to secure their seat. To register, visit AmericanHort.org/Impact