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2011 Washington Forum

September 21 - 23, 2011
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill | Washington, DC







Keynote Speaker Donald H. Rumsfeld

Donald H. Rumsfeld was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2001 and served until December 18, 2006.

Luncheon briefing speaker: Charlie Cook

Respected Authority on U.S. Elections and Political Trends; Editor & Publisher, Cook Political Report


Announcing Luncheon briefing speaker: Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)


Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

Opening Speech at NCA's Board of Trustees Meeting

Met with Members of Congress and other key government officials to discuss critical confectionery industry issues, including:

  • Sugar Reform in the 2012 Farm Bill
  • Trade Policy
  • Marketing & Nutrition Standards
  • Chocolate concerns
  • Promoting a Pro-Business Environment

Registration includes visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, a great line up of notable speakers and briefings on the central issues facing our industry. NCA will schedule the appointments and provide you with background materials and talking points, and you carry the message to your elected officials.

Last year, NCA member involvement kept the most onerous provisions out of the Food Safety bill that became law and helped convince USDA to allow nearly 600,000 lbs of additional sugar into the U.S. Market.

The Federal Government is increasingly activist, and is considering measures that would have a significant impact on your business. We need your help! Your personal visit to key Washington offices can have a real impact now, and building relationships with these officials is an essential part of maintaining the influence of our industry in the long term.

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Featuring Entertainment by: The Capitol Steps

A bipartisan comedy troupe of former congressional staffers, The Capitol Steps blend music and political comedy as they satirize the nation’s capitol and the country’s most powerful personalities. A Washington institution for more than 20 years, The Capitol Steps will perform an edgy and hilarious dinner show jam-packed with political puns and lampoons of current events.


Questions? Contact Kristin Wagenmann or call 202.534.1440 ext. 147