In October, more than 100 NRCA members attended NRCA's 2017 Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. During the conference, participants had the opportunity to meet with their senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to help advance NRCA's government relations agenda while also hearing from guest speakers who addressed topics of interest to roofing professionals.
The meetings kicked off Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a luncheon presentation given by Cheryl Oldham, vice president of education policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Oldham provided an overview of the Chamber's new Talent Pipeline Management program—an innovative, demand-driven system designed to enable employers to address their future workforce development needs. The Talent Pipeline Management program presents a significant opportunity for collaboration with NRCA's ProCertification Series worker training program currently being developed.
During the afternoon, NRCA's Government Relations Committee met to discuss federal legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the roofing industry. Committee members discussed NRCA's advocacy efforts for tax reform, legislation to reduce regulatory burdens, initiatives to address workforce shortages and other issues currently affecting the roofing industry.