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January 28, 2015 6:12pm

UPDATE: GLI Brings Back “D.C. Fly In” By Popular Demand

Advocacy Initiative Puts Attendees on the Ground in Nation’s Capital to Interact with Kentucky & Indiana Congressional Delegations

(Louisville, KY) — Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce (GLI), announced today that it will once again host its popular advocacy initiative, the D.C. Fly In, a two-day event that takes GLI members to Washington D.C. to help establish and grow important relationships with elected officials that represent the region. The event is scheduled for May 13-14, 2015.

In making the announcement, GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said, “As the economic development of communities continues to go global, it is important that the voice of the Louisville region be heard when it comes to national issues that directly and indirectly affect this part of the country.”

GLI suspended the annual Fly In concept in 2009 in order to put more focus on local and regional advocacy efforts. Along with continuing globalization of the marketplace, Oyler also cited member interest as another reason to reinstitute the program. “Our member businesses are actively engaged in the world’s economy and they want to be actively engaged in making national policies that support regions that want to become and stay more aggressively competitive.”

The two-day trip offers attendees the opportunity to meet with members of Kentucky and Indiana’s congressional delegations, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as agency officials and legislative experts to discuss critical federal policy issues facing Kentucky and the nation. The D.C. Fly In agenda is also chock full of extensive networking opportunities, including a cocktail reception that will be attended by members of the Kentucky and Indiana congressional delegations, and specific issues briefings with key members of Congress, and the White House and senior staffs.

“As leaders in Greater Louisville’s business community, we believe it’s important that we work alongside our legislators to advocate for our region. We have a rich history and bright future ahead – let’s tell that story to a national audience,” said David Wombwell, market president for U.S. Bank in Louisville.

This timely opportunity also provides the chance for participants to meet with former Louisville Mayor and Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, who just recently accepted the position of Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. President Barak Obama has tasked Abramson with reaching out to state governments to help facilitate regional and state initiatives such as the ongoing implementation the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“This is terrific opportunity for people who are interested in and want to engage in federal policy development and advocacy,” said GLI Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Sarah Davasher-Wisdom. “It is also an essential part of our strategy to demonstrate this region’s strength and solidarity when it comes to issues that are important to us. Our elected officials need to see that the decisions they make can have tremendous impact.”

To prepare for the two-day event, GLI’s advocacy committees will conduct a series of meetings throughout March and April to help identify issues and plan discussions. Davasher-Wisdom expects that pending legislation and issues such as the Federal Highway Trust Fund and immigration will still be on the list come May, but she cautioned that it is hard to predict what issues will still be relevant since some may very well be resolved by then.

The cost is $1,200 per person and includes ground transportation (to and from all official Fly-In activities), hotel accommodations at The Mandarin Oriental, all breakfasts, lunches, reception, briefings and attendee materials. Attendees are responsible for arrival & return flights. Contact GLI Registration at 502.625.0156 for additional travel information.

To learn more about GLI’s 2015 D.C. Fly In, go to www.greaterlouisville.com/events