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November 6, 2008



On the heels of Monday’s Institute for Supply Management report that manufacturing is at a 26-year low, the National Association of Manufacturers stayed up late after the election to prepare an open letter to President-elect Obama. Bisnow was on hand at the Hyatt Regency yesterday afternoon when NAM joined the Business Industry Political Action Committee to talk about the future of tax reform, lobbying and the auto industry.


NAM CEO John Engler says he hopes the new President will work closely with the business community, and cited Obama’s frequent reference to advisor Warren Buffet as a positive sign. He also said more capital will be needed for U.S. businesses to grow, and taking tax breaks away from companies that seek markets in other parts of the world (read: ship jobs overseas) will only hinder growth. He said such policies supported by Democrats will be “helpful to the Treasury, but not the overall economy.”


BIPAC’s President and CEO Greg Casey said the group reached 15-20 million employees with more than 100 million pages of information this election cycle. Greg said voters considered their employers the most credible source for voting information, and 55% of voters polled wanted more election info from them.


John said one way Obama and Congress can show they want fast solutions is to streamline the confirmation process and get political appointees approved right away. He also said a $25 B loan to the auto industry approved by Congress in September needs to be distributed soon to prevent the “dire predictions on automobile sales in ’09,” when annual sales are expected to drop from 17 million to 12 million units, creating a “huge overcapacity.” He says changes to the rules for handing out the cash should be included in a second stimulus package. In the lobbying realm, Greg said Democratic staffers in the House and Senate are “hot commodities” now, but it is unclear “who and what you need” at this stage. He also warned that if you “live and play the game of partisan politics, you will be the first victim,” so keep a bi-partisan lobbying staff.

Coffee and Care Packages

The Capital Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) gathered for breakfast at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Alexandria before their 5th annual “Operation USO Care Package,” part of PCMA’s nationwide “Service in Sync” program all this week. Eighty-eight attendees assembled roughly 5,000 care packages at Fort Belvoir. The packages included items like toiletries, phone cards and beef jerky and will be sent to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


ConferenceDirect’s Pam Lackland joins Experient’s Bill Reed, president of the Capital Chapter of PCMA, the largest chapter with 1,600 of the 6,000-member international professional society. Bill says PCMA includes members like the American Dental Association and private companies like board member Microsoft. Even with belts tightening, Bill says associations will continue to have annual meetings—which are revenue-generators—while corporations may cut back because meetings are seen as an expense.  He thinks “second-tier” cities like Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Hartford are good options for saving money on airfare, hotels and convention centers.


Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Alison LaFollette, the National Postal Forum’s Mary Guthrie and Maureen Hite, and event-sponsor Transportation Management Services’ Dan Sherman. Maureen says research shows attendees of NPF’s conventions “need human interaction,” and will continue to attend the direct mailing training sessions in person instead of moving to the web.


Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Karen Staples and the Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Dori Jensen. Karen says Hartford is within 100 miles of 23.5 M people and an easy drive from New York, Boston or Philadelphia. The new (2005) all-glass Connecticut Convention Center is centrally located and overlooks the Connecticut River. Dori says Vancouver offers a good exchange rate (US$1= 1.20 loons) and the Winter Olympics are coming in 2010.

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