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How the Stimulus Can Electrify Your Business!

Session Type: Management
Track Number: M-4; M-9
Location: WSCTC
Room: 603
Speaker: Lake Coulson & Blair Hood, NECA Government Affairs

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


Understand more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and get resources to take advantage of the billions of dollars that will flow into electrical and line contracting industries- including an overview of tax provisions and appropriations, and the approach NECA is taking to ensure our contractors get the most from federal grants and contracts.

Speaker Bio:

Presentors: Lake Coulson, Blair Hood

Lake Coulson
is the Executive Director, Government Affairs for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Government Affairs serves as the ‘voice’ of the industry on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington on executive branch issues. NECA works extensively with the White House, Congress, and federal regulatory bodies to help the nation’s leaders understand the concerns of electrical contractors from across the country. Coulson is working to expand NECA’s legislative portfolio; increase the number of grass roots/key contacts; and secure $1.5 million in contributions during the 2008 election cycle for NECA’s Political Action Committee (ECPAC). Coulson has nearly 15 years of experience working in construction/appliance related trade associations. He came to NECA from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association (PHCC). Prior to PHCC he was at the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) where he worked on industry positions and strategies regarding implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Clean Air Act, and several international environmental treaties.

Blair Hood is the Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Prior to working at NECA, she served as a Confidential Assistant to Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Ms. Hood also worked for former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson during his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. During her time at NECA, Ms. Hood has advocated for regulatory and tax reform on behalf of NECA members. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Hood graduated from The George Washington University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

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