I want to start by thanking everyone who attended the 2021 AED Summit. While this year was unique in that we are still dealing with the effects and regulations brought on by COVID-19, the team at AED was thrilled to see attendees, both virtually and in-person, after many long months. On behalf of the Association, let me say what a pleasure it was to provide the industry with three days of education and networking opportunities. It is exciting to think that in just over six months, we will meet again for Summit 2022, from January 17 to 19, in Orlando, Florida at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. I urge all AED members to attend and register early!
In the meantime, AED is hosting events throughout the remainder of 2021, the next being the Leadership Conference, which is taking place August 16-18 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the only conferences geared toward rising talent and managers in the equipment distribution industry. Leadership Conference has been a jumping-off point for many industry leaders. It is an opportunity for those who value the importance of motivating, incentivizing and investing in developing skill sets essential to leading. Be sure to reserve your hotel room by Wednesday, July 21, for our exclusive discounted resort rooms.
Learn more about Leadership Conference and our other upcoming events at www.aednet.org/events
Finally, I’m pleased to report that progress is being made in Washington on infrastructure legislation. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have approved multi-year highway bills with increased funding levels. House and Senate lawmakers similarly have advanced tens of billions of dollars in bills to upgrade the country’s pipes, expand access to clean drinking water and fix aging wastewater facilities.
As the debate continues, there are still many unknowns, but AED’s message that lawmakers must focus on rebuilding the nation’s crumbling physical infrastructure is resonating with lawmakers. From the Association’s unprecedented grassroots campaign last summer to the hundreds of congressional visits and meetings facilitated by AED in the past few years, the equipment industry’s voice is making a difference.
AED is grateful for the support of members as we continue to push forward in Washington. The Association is proud not only to provide members with educational resources and events but also to be an industry presence in political endeavors.