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VAMA Lobby Day - 1/31/2019
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1/31/2019
When: 1/31/19
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Hilton Downtown Richmond Hotel followed by Visits to the General Assembly Building
501 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia  23219
United States
Contact: Elena Ferranti
804-756-8262

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Lobby Days are important events that give VAMA members an opportunity to engage in the legislative process and build relationships with elected officials representing the various districts where member properties are located.  Attendees will meet with legislators face-to-face to educate them on specific bills of importance to the rental housing industry.  Staff will provide a briefing on issues pending before the legislature, talking points and other materials and will facilitate meetings with Delegates and Senators.

Agenda Overview
We will convene at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast at the Hilton Hotel, 501 East Broad Street, 23219, in downtown Richmond.  Our government affairs staff will present a briefing during breakfast regarding the issues we will be discussing with legislators and what to expect as we work the halls of the General Assembly Building. From the Hilton, we will walk to the Pocahontas Building, the current home of the General Assembly offices, so that we can meet with legislators and discuss issues of significance to VAMA.

 

During the lunch hour, visit the historic Capitol building, originally designed by Thomas Jefferson, where and take in the legislative process in action from the House and Senate viewing galleries and grab a quick lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area.  Upon adjournment of the House and Senate floor sessions continue meeting with delegates and senators. 

 

These brief meetings will be a tremendous opportunity to educate our elected officials about bills of interest to commercial and multifamily property owners and managers and to build positive working relationships in the process. 
 

Parking
The hotel has valet parking for $10 for 6 to 10 hours. This is the most economical option.  If you would like to self park, there is a surface lot located next to the hotel with pay by the hour machines.  If you are staying the night at the Hilton, valet parking is $27 for overnight parking.
 
Attire
Business attire is appropriate for the day and our time in the General Assembly Building and Capitol.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the day will include much walking, stairs and even brick/cobblestone surfaces.  There is not always a coat rack available at the Capital nor at the General Assembly Building therefore, we recommend wearing a coat that is easy to carry.

 
Security
Participating members will need to pass through security and metal detectors at the entrances of the Capitol and General Assembly Building.  Please leave all unlicensed, concealed weapons at home.
 
What to Bring
Printed materials will be provided by our government affairs staff.  Do be sure, though, to bring a stack of business cards to leave with the legislative offices that we will be visiting.
 
Additional Information/Resources
Additional information regarding members of the General Assembly and legislation can be found online at http://leg1.state.va.us/.
 
A free app is also available courtesy of Verizon that allows you to quickly and easily access member information and office locations from your tablet or smartphone.  Simply search for “Verizon Virginia Government Directory.”
 
To find who represents you or your property in the House and Senate, visit http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and type in your address to learn who represents you in the Virginia General Assembly.



FREE TO ATTEND!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast at Hilton Richmond

501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219


8:30 - 10:00 AM
Legislative Update and Lobby Day Details

501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Meetings with Legislators
General Assembly Building - Pocahontas Building
900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tour Capital and Lunch On Your Own
House and Senate will be In Session at the Capital.  Visit the Galleries and watch session, tour the Capital Building and grab a bite at the Cafeteria or one of the surrounding restaurants before going to your afternoon meetings.








The Virginia Apartment Management Association
An Affiliate of the National Apartment Association
2812 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 231
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 756-VAMA
info@vamaonline.org


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