National Roofing Day in Washington D.C

On March 7, roofing professionals from across the country descended on Washington, D.C to talk to lawmakers about three important topics.

  • Immigration reform and it's impact on the roofing industry
  • Regulatory reform, more input from industry experts when creating regulation
  • Workforce development, more funding for community colleges

Meetings were carefully organized and training provided by Prime Advocacy. The meetings we were assigned covered several Texas lawmakers, including a representative from the office of Ted Cruz. A group of about twenty followed one of Mr. Cruz's aides to a lower level conference room that happened to be decked out in Texas gear.

We found each member or representative, regardless of party, were interested and engaged in the topics we were there to discuss. Funding community colleges to increase worker productivity and development seemed to be the agenda item all agreed on the most.

Particularly engaging were Congressman Vincente Gonzalez and Congressman Kenny Marchant, both of whom met with us personally. Congressman Gonzalez and his staff had lived in McAllen, Texas, like us for several years and were interested on the impact of our message on the valley.

Congressman Marchant was our last appointment and we were joined at it by representatives of two competitors. He is very familiar with the roofing industry and provided a rounded view of the issues. He seemed to truly enjoy discussing his experiences in the industry and gave us much to think about.

Overall it was a productive day spent united with industry professionals, including competitors.For more information on the NRCA Roofing Day in D.C or to download position papers, visit the NRCA site by clicking here.


Meeting with Congressman Vincente Gonzalez

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