OIA CAPITOL SUMMIT
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OIA members, we need YOUR voice in our nation’s capitol for OIA’s annual Capitol Summit! Taking the time to come to D.C. allows your business to form lasting and beneficial relationships with key decision makers. OIA ensures that you will be heard.
WHAT IS CAPITOL SUMMIT
Capitol Summit is the outdoor industry’s premiere advocacy event in Washington, D.C. Industry executives from across the country come to educate their elected officials in Congress on key issues impacting their businesses. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from agency, administration and elected officials during our education sessions, and build valuable relationships with your industry peers.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This event provides great insight into our government’s decision-making process in Washington, D.C. Attendees receive an introductory training on lobbying as well as education on OIA’s policy agenda and legislative priorities. We will serve as your guide to navigating the Hill and provide timely background information and training on the industry’s policy agenda, legislative priorities and members of Congress. Attendees will leave with a full understanding of how to schedule and conduct congressional meetings on the Hill as well as tools and skills to take home and make an impact in your state.
THE IMPORTANCE TO ALL OUTDOOR BUSINESSES
Capitol Summit builds the outdoor industry’s relationship with Congress by discussing our business issues and their related decisions, face to face. After each Capitol Summit, leaders in Congress champion our issues, sign on to sponsor and co-sponsor relevant legislation, circulate our legislation to their peers and across the aisle, attend Outdoor Retailer and arrange tours of companies’ facilities in their home state. Capitol Summit has direct results at engaging Congress in the outdoor industry.
Capitol Summit Asks
Every spring, Outdoor Industry Association invites industry executives and leaders to Washington D.C. to meet with elected and administration officials on issues critical to the outdoor economy and industry. Whether or not you plan to attend Capitol Summit your voice on our 2019 issues or “asks” is critical to furthering our policy agenda.
Our nation’s national parks have failed to receive the dedicated funding to address serious maintenance problems. Needed repairs range from unmaintained trails to crumbling roads to visitor centers built 50 years ago. One-third of the backlog consist of critical projects that must be completed to avoid irreparable damage. Over half of the nearly $12 billion backlog consists of transportation-related projects such as roads, bridges, trails and tunnel repairs. Forty percent of the 10,000 miles of park roads are said to be in poor or fair condition.
Senators Portman (R-OH), Warner (D-VA), Alexander (R-TN) and King (I-ME) and Representatives Bishop (R-UT-01) and Kilmer (D-WA-06) recently reintroduced the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 500) and Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225) to address these and other park maintenance problems. The legislation establishes a dedicated park maintenance fund that provides 50 percent of unallocated receipts from oil, gas, coal and alternative and renewable energy development up to $1.3 billion per year over five years.
Outdoor recreation represents a growing segment of the U.S. economy and is a significant economic driver, supporting 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual revenue. How we manage public lands and how we can enhance opportunities to enjoy these lands and waters are of critical importance. OIA and a broad range of organizations and companies that represent and support outdoor programming on public lands came together five years ago to solve these recreational access issues. By introducing the SOAR Act, Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Capito (R-WV) are leading the way on permitting reforms to ensure more Americans experience our public lands through an outdoor program or with a guide.
Senator Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Bishop (R-UT) are tackling other land management barriers impacting outdoor recreation. This Congress, they are poised to reintroduce the Recreation Not Red Tape Act to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and make it easier for more Americans to get outdoors. These two bills could form the basis of a larger package of bills that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources could bundle together as part of a larger outdoor recreation access package. By getting a large number of co-sponsors for these bills, we can demonstrate there is deep bipartisan support for this effort.
Raise Your Voice
Your story matters and can make a difference when it comes to local, state and federal outdoor recreation and trade policy. Hear what your OIA peers are saying about the value and impact of advocacy, and find out how you can join the effort.
Easy Ways to Engage
Sign up for Policy Alerts – we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening in D.C. as well as locally.
Vote the Outdoors – we’ve built out a congressional scorecard so you can see how your representatives are voting on issues that effect the outdoor industry.