Hosted in partnership by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, CEO Council for Growth, and Select Greater Philadelphia, this annual public policy event connects Greater Philadelphia’s prominent regional leaders with the region’s Congressional Delegation for a full day of insightful meetings in our nation’s capital.
Members of Congress in attendance included Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Tom Carper (D-DE), Congressmen John Carney (D-DE), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Joe Pitts (R-PA), John Runyan (R-NJ), and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). Several representatives of the Federal Executive Branch also participated including Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary for Commerce, Commissioner Tony Clark of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Peter Rogoff, Under Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and Peder Maarbjerg, Assistant Director for External Coordination of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
Focusing on issues like energy, transportation, and tax reform , the day illustrated the Congressional Delegation’s strong understanding of the policy priorities of the business, civic, and higher education leaders in the room. Here is a recap of some of the highlights.
Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank
Several Members of the Congress voiced their support for the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank in alignment with recent GPCC advocacy efforts. The Ex-Im Bank plays a vital role in the regional export market by providing direct loans, loan guarantees and insurance and has supported $4 billion in export sales since 2007.
Research and Development in GPR
Our region has always been known for exceptional research, and Congressman Fattah and others were able to share some exciting grant funding updates to local institutions around brain mapping and brain disease research in particular. Many of the comments made were very much in line with the work of the CEO Council for Growth’s newly developed sector initiative focused on Healthcare Innovation.
GPCC and the CEO Council advocate for a dedicated long-term, sustainable transportation funding to address the forecasted May 2015 shortfall of the Highway