• Mark your calendar for the fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

  • The fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday evening cocktail reception is presented by Dominion and Westfield Group.

  • Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16).

  • The fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association.

Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association. The conference will include:

  • Legislative forum for business attendees
  • Opening night reception
  • Breakfast with members of the Ohio Congressional delegation
  • Presentations on how local governments can leverage federal resources in their communities

Register

   

If you have questions about your existing registration or if you still need to register, please contact Reagan Leatherman at rleatherman@gcpartnership.com or (216) 592-2376.

Agenda

Schedule subject to change. The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program are typically for adults only. 

Thursday, May 18

     1:00 – 3:00 pm
  Business Session
2020 Rayburn House Office Building
Rayburn Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515
   
Featured Speakers
U.S. Representative Peter Roskam is currently serving as the Ways & Means Tax Policy Chairman for the 115th Congress. From this key legislative perch, he is expected to play a leading role in the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in over three decades.

Congressman Pat Tiberi is currently serving as the chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he is working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare.
     
5:30 – 7:00 pm   Welcome Reception
America's Square
300 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20515

Friday, May 19

8:30 am – 9:00 am   Ohio Delegation Breakfast
Capitol Visitors Center Atrium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515
     
9:00 – 9:45 am   Remarks from Members of Ohio Delegation
     
10:00 – 12:00 pm   Keynote and Conference Sessions
Capitol Visitors Center Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515
   
Featured Speakers
Crystal Patterson, Outreach Manager, for Facebook with a background working on Capitol Hill, campaigns and in both the private and non-profit sectors. Crystal now works with public policy, advocacy and business partners to optimize their Facebook strategy and results that can help make local government more efficient or connecting elected leaders with their community.

Jason Wuliger, Vice President of SplashLink which works to help connect communities with grant opportunities for water and sewer projects through his website www.Splashlink.com.

Acting Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Richard Baum. Baum was named by President Trump as the Acting Director of ONDCP in March, 2017. He has dedicated his career to drug and crime policy issues. He has worked as a Congressional staffer, a writer/researcher, and for the past almost 20 years at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in various positions

Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 115th Congress . Shuster will discuss the administrations $1 trilllion infrastructure plan. . As the Chairman, Shuster continues to focus on strengthening America’s transportation networks to make us more efficient, more competitive and more prosperous.
     
12:00 – 1:30 pm   Lunch with Hosting Members
Capitol Visitors Center Atrium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515
     
1:30 pm   Conference Concludes

 

Special Guest Bios

Richard Baum - Acting Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy

Richard Baum was named by President Trump as the Acting Director of ONDCP in March, 2017. He has dedicated his career to drug and crime policy issues. He has worked as a Congressional staffer, a writer/researcher, and for the past almost 20 years at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in various positions. Among the highlights of his career is leading efforts to draft the National Drug Control Strategy in both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and co-chairing work groups that put together the White House Transnational Organized Crime Strategy and the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. Separate from his work at ONDCP, Richard is an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University's McCourt Graduate School, teaching a course entitled: "The War on Drugs: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives." He lives in Falls Church with his wife, Linda Bloss-Baum, two children, Alexandra (16) and Matthew (12), and their dog Cody. 

 


 

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge - 11th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge has represented the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since 2008. She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.
 
Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She is also a member of several Congressional Caucuses and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, she became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education.
 
Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.

 

 

Congressman Dave Joyce - 14th District of Ohio

Congressman Dave Joyce was first elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio in 2012. Dave serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, where he makes it a priority to reduce the scope and size of government and protect American tax dollars.
 
In 2013, Dave voted to put Washington on a budget for the first time in five years. He introduced the SAVE Act, which would cut $200 billion in government waste and duplicative programs, and continues to lead bipartisan efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
 
Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting and law degree from The University of Dayton. He previously served as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, where he built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and Geauga County taxpayers. Dave made it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

 

 

Crystal Patterson

Crystal Patterson is an Outreach Manager for Facebook. She has more than a decade of experience in digital strategy and communications. With a background working on Capitol Hill, campaigns and in both the private and non-profit sectors, Crystal now works with public policy, advocacy and business partners to optimize their Facebook strategy and results. A graduate of Northwestern University, Crystal is originally from northeast Ohio and currently resides in Washington, DC.

 

 

Congressman Jim Renacci - 16th District of Ohio

Congressman Jim Renacci was elected in 2010 and is serving his third term representing the 16th district of Ohio. Currently he serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee.
 
Jim grew up in a working class, union family and was the first in his family to graduate from college. In 1980 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Jim became a Certified Public Accountant. Throughout his 30-year business career, he owned and operated over 60 entities, created more than 1,500 jobs and employed over 3,000 people.
 
In addition to his work as a private sector business owner, Jim has also dedicated much of his life to public service. In 2004, Jim was elected Mayor of Wadsworth after serving two terms as City Council President. For Jim, serving in Congress is an opportunity to give back to his country and his community, while seeking to advance the common sense conservative principles to restore strength to our economy and accountability to our government.

 

 

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam is currently in his sixth term of service to the people of the 6th District of Illinois.

He currently serves as the Ways & Means Tax Policy Chairman for the 115th Congress. From this key legislative perch, he is expected to play a leading role in the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in over three decades.

He also sits on the Health Subcommittee and previously led the Oversight Subcommittee. Roskam was at the center of the investigation into the IRS after it was revealed the agency was targeting Americans for their personal, religious, and political beliefs, authoring legislation to protect against these abuses that became law. He also championed efforts to hold overhaul the troubled agency’s civil asset forfeiture program and probed the relationship between the rising costs of college and the tax code.

Active on national security issues and promoting America’s role in the world, Roskam leads the House Democracy Partnership, assisting legislatures in emerging democracies; serves as a co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, the largest Republican congressional organization dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship; and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Endowment for Democracy. He previously served on the Select Committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

 

 

Congressman Bill Shuster

Throughout his career in the House, Congressman Shuster has proven to be a leader on local and national issues, and an outspoken advocate for the people of the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. As the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 115th Congress, Shuster continues to focus on strengthening America’s transportation networks to make us more efficient, more competitive and more prosperous. Shuster has served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001. He previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. In addition to Congressman Shuster’s expanded role on transportation policy, he continues to be an active voice in support of our Armed Services and a recognized leader on national security matters. Shuster currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and in the 112th Congress was the Chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense. Prior to coming to Congress, Shuster worked on his family’s farm in Bedford County, gained marketing and management experience with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation and rose to District Manager with Bandag Incorporated. He is also an experienced small business leader, having owned and operated an automobile dealership, in East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Bill Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1961. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Shortly thereafter he went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from American University in Washington, D.C. 

 

 

Congressman Pat Tiberi

Pat Tiberi (pronounced TEE-berry) is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee that has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and trade agreements. He currently is the chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he is working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy.

Congressman Tiberi previously served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade. His work on trade policy is helping to grow the economy by knocking down barriers and opening new markets to American goods and services creating more American jobs.

As the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Congressman Tiberi works with members to examine economic policy and how to help grow the economy.

 

 

Jason Wuliger

A disciplined team leader with a history of successful fundraising, planning, managing, executing and delivering around projects through the coordination of multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Uniquely qualified to navigate through the bureaucracies and political / regulatory landscapes often encountered in the water-solutions market. A track record of overcoming obstacles of all types, including extreme budgetary and time constraints. The ability to optimize visibility and branding goals based on experience in marketing, communications and media relations. Also, an experienced litigator and magistrate who was recognized in 2009 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine and was named a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation in 2012

FAQ & Travel

All attendees of the Empowering Local Leadership Conference are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Elected officials may bring a spouse or one guest. The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program is typically for adults only. Related fees are for Thursday evening reception. Conference sessions are free of charge.

Attire

Suggested attire for the Conference is business casual.

Security

All attendees will need to go through a security screening at the Rayburn House Office Building and at the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC).

Guests will not be permitted to bring liquid (including bottled water) or large bags (including luggage) into the CVC. Click here for a full list of prohibited items and tips for visiting the Capitol Visitor Center.

Lodging

We suggest you select a hotel on Capitol Hill, although you can catch a cab or take the Metro from hotels in downtown Washington, DC, or in Northern Virginia (i.e., Crystal City, Pentagon City, Old Town Alexandria).  Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport to Capitol Hill.  The airports at Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore (BWI) are about an hour from the city. 

Partners

Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association 

 

Contact Us

For event information or questions on registration, contact:
Reagan Leatherman
Events Manager
rleatherman@gcpartnership.com
(216) 592-2376

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