Hike the Hill
Oct. 1-3, 2013 – Washington, D.C.
Hike the Hill provides credit union representatives with an exciting opportunity to meet with federal legislators and talk about top credit union issues, face-to-face, in Washington, D.C. During Hike the Hill visits, credit union professionals and volunteers meet with the entire Minnesota Congressional Delegation and typically visit the NCUA Board, CUNA and/or Credit Union House on Capitol Hill.
The three-day Washington, D.C., trip will include a legislative and regulatory briefing with CUNA to provide information on the critical issues facing credit unions as well as background information about the current happenings on the Hill. Attendees will then meet with offices of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation. The trip will also include visits to regulatory agencies including the NCUA.
Flight & Hotel
Attendees are responsible for booking their own flight to and from Washington, D.C. Due to varying meetings, the Network recommends that you schedule your flight into D.C. to arrive by mid-afternoon on Oct. 1st and return to Minnesota late afternoon on Oct. 3rd. Additional details on the schedule will be available to attendees as the event gets closer.
To assist attendees with hotel accommodations, the Network has established a Hike the Hill room block at the Residence Inn Washington, DC, Downtown located at 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
The room rate is $299/per night plus taxes and includes a breakfast buffet. Please call Marriott Reservations at (800) 331-3131 or (202) 898-1100 on or before Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, to make your sleeping room reservations. Be sure to mention Minnesota Credit Union Network Oct2013 Group and the Vermont Avenue address when making your reservation to take advantage of the group room rate.
To reserve your room online, visit the Residence Inn Washington website
. For your convenience, the code MCUMCUA
for the group discount has already been entered into the promotion code area.
With questions about Hike the Hill, contact MnCUN Political Advocacy Director Ryan Smith by email or at (651) 288-5533.
If you have questions about hotel room arrangements, contact MnCUN Director of Education Sue Groskreutz by email or at (651) 288-5521.
Hike the Hill 2012 recap
ABOVE: Hike the Hill attendees met with NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel (center) on September 21, 2012
Nine Minnesota credit union professionals were in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19-21 to promote the benefits of credit unions during the Minnesota Credit Union Network's 2012 Hike the Hill event. Attendees discussed several top issues with Minnesota's federal legislators, putting a spotlight on member business lending (MBL), the ATM fee disclosures bill, and the regulatory burden credit unions are facing.
During meetings with the state's Congressional Delegation, the group focused on the highly anticipated MBL vote in Congress. They urged legislators to support the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act (H.R. 1418 and S. 2231), which would enable Minnesota credit unions to inject more than $160 million into the state economy and create more than 2,000 jobs. Along with stressing the importance of creating capital for small businesses, the group discussed the necessity of passing legislation eliminating the need for physical fee disclosures on ATMs, and the difficulty in conducting credit union operations in today's stringent regulatory environment.
The three-day Washington, D.C., trip included a legislative and regulatory briefing with CUNA, meetings with NCUA Chairman Deborah Matz and Board Member Michael Fryzel, and visits at the offices of all Minnesota's federal elected officials. The group also attended a dinner with the Kentucky Credit Union League and enjoyed a Segway tour of the nation's capital.
"The Hike the Hill visits with federal legislators and the meetings with NCUA officials provide us with the opportunity to advocate for our credit unions and discuss the issues they face,” said Mara Humphrey, MnCUN Vice President – Governmental Affairs. "This trip to the nation's capital is important in increasing credit unions' visibility with lawmakers and serves as a way to build relationships with federal officials."