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Top executives from leading electronics companies across the United States will be calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to support policies to drive advanced manufacturing, when they gather in Washington, D.C. on May 1-3 for IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2017.
The senior executives – all members of IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® – will descend on the nation’s capital for discussions with key members of Congress and the Trump Administration on issues that are critical to the future of the electronics industry and the U.S. economy.
Under the association’s Global Policy Framework, those issues will include:
- A lower corporate tax rate and incentives that stimulate business investment;
- Efforts to reform regulatory processes to ensure a better balance among risks, costs and benefits based on the best available scientific research;
- International trade agreements to advance open and fair trade between countries;
- Ambitious workforce development initiatives, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and continued support for high-skilled visas for temporary STEM workers; and
- Investment in basic and applied research and development (R&D), especially in areas important to advanced manufacturing.
During the two-and-a half-day event, executives will meet with key members of Congress and the Trump Administration, as well as their hometown elected representatives. IPC also will recognize two members of Congress with the “IPC Government Impact Award.”
“With a new, more-business-friendly president in place, and with so many key policy issues in flux in Washington and beyond, there has never been a more important time for industry leaders to get involved in advocating for policies to boost the electronics industry,” said John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO. “Few things are more influential with policy makers than hearing from their constituents, and that’s what IMPACT is all about.”
“Last year, our advocacy played a role in the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” Mitchell added. “This year, we have important work to do on corporate tax reform, trade, workforce development initiatives, and regulations. If you’re an IPC member who is interested in U.S. politics and policy, please join us for IMPACT Washington, D.C.”
Information on confirmed speakers and meetings will be forthcoming. More information is available at www.ipc.org/IMPACT-2017.
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,900 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.