Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend the Policy Summit?
SOCMA’s Policy Summit is the premier specialty chemical industry advocacy event, providing opportunities not only to advance the industry’s profile and policy priorities, but also high-quality networking and education. SOCMA encourages participation from a broad cross-section of companies. This includes those in executive management, operations, product stewardship, regulatory compliance, and trade association representatives.
How will meetings on Capitol Hill be arranged and scheduled?
The company address(es) you provide on your registration form will be used to match you with the appropriate U.S. representatives and senators. You will be grouped with other Policy Summit attendees according to district, state and region (if applicable).
SOCMA will then arrange meetings with the representatives and senators assigned to your company’s location(s) and any relevant members of Congress who fall under the committees most pertinent to chemical industry legislative issues. Special arrangements can also be made for attendees with varied departure times or interest in meeting with specific congressional committees and lawmakers.
What will the weather be like? What attire should I pack?
Average temperatures in mid-September reach up to 78° F and fall as low as 59° F. The average precipitation total for the month is 3.82 inches.
Business casual attire is acceptable during the regulatory program, reception and dinner on September 17. Business attire (jacket and tie for men and the equivalent for women) is appropriate for Capitol Hill meetings on September 18.
Where will the education sessions be held? Do you have a room block?
All sessions will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard unless otherwise noted on the agenda. For ease of travel, SOCMA has contracted a room block with the event hotel.
140 L Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Please check with SOCMA’s host hotel directly with regard to current availability. To make reservations by telephone, call 1-866-329-0003 and reference SOCMA for the $279/night discounted room rate, to access the group rate.
When should I arrive? When should I depart?
We recommend arriving to the Courtyard by Marriott by 8:00am on Tuesday, September 17. Breakfast begins at 8:30am. A room block has been secured at the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard for attendees needing overnight accommodations.
We recommend booking your travel to depart after 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 18. Hill meetings will be scheduled up until 3:00pm.
What is the closest airport to the meeting venue?
There are three major airports that support Washington, D.C.:
- Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Courtyard Marriott Washington Capitol Hill and is serviced by major airlines with nonstop flights available through many U.S. cities.
- Dulles International Airport (IAD) is an international airport located about 60 minutes from the Courtyard Marriott Washington Capitol Hill.
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is an international airport located about 60 minutes from the Courtyard Marriott Washington Capitol Hill.
I registered but can no longer attend. What are my options?
Cancellation and Refund requests minus a $100 processing fee are permitted. Please submit your cancellation request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 30, 2019. No refunds will be granted after August 30, 2019. Substitutions are permitted.
If you have any more questions then please get in touch.
Meeting Program and Logistics
Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs