Industry hails largest ever Legislative Action Day in Washington DC

More than 130 business events industry leaders and advocates from 25 US states met with policymakers on Capitol Hill in Washington DC as part of the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance’s (ECA) annual Legislative Action Day, 30 May 2024.

Vinnie Polito, ECA’s co-president and Society of Independent Show Organisers CEO said was the largest gathering of the industry on Capitol Hill ever. “As we have seen in recent months, when our industry shows up and advocates together with one voice, we can drive policy change that positively impacts all of us going forward,” he said.

This year’s Legislative Action Day focused on two of ECA’s top public policy priorities: helping the industry attract and train its next generation workforce and further reducing visa wait times for international exhibitors and attendees looking to come to US exhibitions and conferences. 

“From expanding access to programmes that will help develop the industry’s future workforce to restoring visa interview wait times to pre-pandemic levels, ECA’s policy priorities have broad bipartisan support,” said Marsha Flanagan, ECA’s co-president and International Association of Exhibitions and Events president and CEO. “That’s why we are calling on Congress to take action this year on these issues that will strengthen our industry’s collective ability to drive economic growth, support job creation, and empower small businesses.” 

“Whether you are on Capitol Hill, on the show floor, or even on your phone, ECA invites you to be an advocate for the business events industry,” said Tommy Goodwin, ECA’s vice-president. “Together, we can be the strong, unified advocacy voice of the industry and shape our future with policymakers nationwide.”

ECA is a coalition of leading professional, industry, and labour associations that comprise the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry. To learn more about ECA and its work, visit: