Washington 101 Workshop 
| Virtual

April 19, 21 & 23

12:30-2:30 p.m. EST Each Day

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The 2021 virtual Washington 101 Workshop will provide attendees a concise overview of how the federal government works and its impacts on aviation and airports. The program will include information on the role of the FAA and the U.S. Congress, and aviation associations in formulating policy that shape our aviation system. Participants will also learn about how legislation is shaped and influenced and the general characteristics of effective advocacy techniques. 

Details on programming, speakers, networking, and sponsors can be found on the Washington 101 event page.

Who Should Attend:  Professionals that have an interest in the role of advocacy and policy formulation, and the importance for airport development companies to engage with policy makers. 

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Registration Pricing
Early Bird:$229 for members and $279 for non-members
Regular pricing starts April 5: $279 for members and $329 for non-members.

DAY 1: April 19, 2021 - Overview of the Administration


Part I: The Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration

This session will provide an overview of how the FAA and TSA works. Participants will get an understanding of the FAA organization and the Office of Airports, and a briefing on funding available for airports from the FAA, including the Airport Improvement Program. This will be followed by a briefing on the TSA organization.

Part II: Working with the FAA – Strategies for Success

This session will offer strategies on working with the FAA’s Office of Airports at its different levels, including Headquarters, FAA Regions, and Airport District Offices. Attendees will learn how to navigate approvals and effectively elevate issues within the FAA.

DAY 2: April 21, 2021 - THE U.S. Congress


Part III: How Does Congress Work?

This session will provide a general overview of the workings of the U.S. Congress, including the role of personal and district offices, and how congressional committees work. A briefing on types of legislation relevant to airports (i.e. authorization, appropriation, etc.) will also be provided.


Part IV: Perspectives from Capitol Hill

Transitioning to effective advocacy tactics, this session will feature perspectives from staff working on Capitol Hill and the district offices, who will offer insights on how to best engage lawmakers on issues and policy decisions.


DAY 3: April 23, 2021 - Why Advocate? And How To Do It?


Part V: Role of Associations and Businesses

This session will feature a diverse panel of aviation/airport and business association representatives, and corporate government relations staff, on the importance of engaging in policy decision making. They will also cover specific tactics they use to advance their messages in Washington, including how advocacy has changes due to the pandemic.

Part VI: Getting to Work

Workshop participants will roll up their sleeves in this final, interactive session where you will be asked to develop and present an advocacy campaign, including drafting key messages and developing strategies.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors



Sponsorship Opportunities

ACC is pleased to offer two levels of sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Virtual Washington 101 Workshop. This is a great way for members to gain extra visibility and exposure in front of aviation professionals, airports, and customers.  Details on sponsorships can be found on the Washington 101 website.

How to Become a Sponsor: Executive Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay! For daily Executive sponsorship availability or to become a Cabinet sponsor, please contact Micah Dupie at micahd@acconline.org.