By Greg Ellis, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of federal relations

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has a long tradition of bringing Hoosier business leaders to Washington to meet with the state’s congressional delegation at our annual D.C. Fly-in. As is the case with most everything in 2020, COVID-19 has forced us to give the event a new look. It will be held virtually via Zoom on August 12-13 from 10 a.m. to noon EDT (both days).

Indiana’s delegation members – led by Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun – have confirmed their participation for at least one of the moderated sessions.

For the first time, we are pleased to offer the 2020 D.C. Fly-in free of charge for Indiana Chamber members and only $29.95 for non-members. This year is a great opportunity for those who previously were unable to attend.

In the current climate, leadership from the federal government is needed now more than in recent memory. Decisions being made in Washington impact us all in our businesses and personal life. That puts even greater significance on the D.C. Fly-in, which connects participants directly with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
We’ve put together a program for the 2020 edition that prioritizes the unprecedented situation we are still in, while also acknowledging that other key matters still need to be addressed. With the convenience and safety of the webinar format, we hope to engage a record number of Hoosier business leaders in the Fly-in discussion.

The day one conversation will center on the here and now and into next year. Specifically, what’s left to do to aid in emerging from the pandemic and the longer-term economic recovery. Also on tap will be security concerns, international relations and trade.

Traditional domestic issues that remain of paramount importance and await action highlight the agenda on day two. These include infrastructure, health care, broadband and fiscal matters.

The interactive event will also provide an opportunity for the Indiana delegation to update Hoosiers on what issues they are working on and allow participants to ask questions in real time. Questions will be prioritized based on frequency and impact on the business community.

The two retiring representatives, Pete Visclosky (IN-1) and Susan Brooks (IN-5), will be honored as part of the program.

Register for the 2020 D.C. Fly-in at