Tuesday, July 16th
8:30 am – 9:15 am
H-2B Reform, Continuing the Fight to Overhaul the H-2B Program in the 116th Congress
Industry Representatives and Capitol Hill insiders will provide a comprehensive update on efforts to reform the H-2B program. In addition to providing a comprehensive background of what has occurred over the busy previous 12 months, this session will also focus on the path forward in a new Congress. Topics will include: highlighting NALP priorities, working within the H-2B Coalition, substantive statutory changes and how we leverage our grassroots resources to finally effectuate much needed reforms.
9:15 am – 10:00 am
Lawncare Products and Practices a Regulatory Update
Some of the most widely used lawncare products are in advanced stages of federal review. During this session EPA Office of Pesticide Program will provide updates and information concerning these lawncare products. EPA will also provide timelines and further information concerning how the landscape industry can continue to work with EPA to assist in the process. Industry representatives will also provide insight into the impacts on the industry.
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Using Public Policy for Effective Workforce Development Outcomes
The lack of available workers is one of the most significant challenges the landscape industry faces. To get the talent needed, industry companies advertise, market, exhibit, educate, and solicit. The missing component? Advocacy! The landscape industry must advocate at federal, state and local levels of government to effectively address our industry’s workforce needs. Professionals must champion the profession to secure tax credits, funds for training, and grants - and ultimately attract more people to the profession. Advocacy is an important component in NALP’s multi-pronged approach to solving the workforce crisis. This session will offer an overview of policy initiatives associated with workforce development and help mobilize industry leaders so that we can more effectively compete against other industries already sharing their needs with our nation’s issue leaders.
10:45 am – 11:30 am
Lobbying 101; Understanding NALP Legislative Priorities and How to Message with Capitol Hill Offices
NALP staff, industry experts and Capitol Hill insiders will provide a comprehensive review of NALP issues and talking points for the following day on Capitol Hill. Successfully carrying the NALP message and maximizing our impact is critical in these efforts. A review of how to properly message and interact with Capitol Hill offices will be discussed to provide helpful insights on effective lobbying.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Keynote Speaker, Greg Gadsen
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Leveraging the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program with State and Community Leaders
The new Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program is a silver-bullet for recruiting, training, and retaining employees. To maximize opportunity, companies offering the apprenticeship program should work with their state Departments of Education, Workforce Boards, school boards, and state apprenticeship offices – all policy-oriented bodies that can greatly help (or hurt) our industry’s recruiting prospects. This session will provide a brief overview of the apprenticeship program and then introduce participants to ways they can leverage program offerings by: a) connecting with state officials to explore funds for training and tax credits; b) engaging with state and local educators about industry curriculum; and c) partnering with organizations to solicit “opportunity workers.”
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Defending the Landscape Industry at the State and Local Level; Growing the NALP Grassroots Network and Engaging State and Local Policy Makers
All politics are local, but never more apparent than now. While the Federal Government moves at a glacial pace, state and local governments are rapidly making policy decisions that have massive implications for the landscape industry. This session will focus on the enormous amount of activity that has occurred this year in all 50 states, focusing on trends, success stories and losses for the landscape industry. We will also highlight the new and growing NALP Advocacy Contact Team (ACT) and how we ensure unity while maximizing impacts with state Policy Makers.