National Journal Live Policy Summit to jump start D.C. Auto Show

National Journal Live Policy Summit to jump start D.C. Auto Show

The 2012 Washington Auto Show begins this week with two media-focused days, starting with National Journal’s Driving Innovation Live Policy Summit on Capitol Hill. The event will focus on job creation and innovation in the auto industry, the state of U.S. auto manufacturing, and the latest trends in green technology.

On Wednesday, January 25, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and James Wiseman, Chief Communications Officer of Toyota North America, will come together for a news maker interview conducted by Jim Tankersly, Economics correspondent of National Journal.Following the interview, industry experts will participate in a panel discussion hosted by National Journal’s Amy Harder, Energy and Environment Correspondent. The following industry experts will join the panel discussion:

  • Ron Cogan, Publisher & Editor, Green Car Journal
  • Alan Krupnick, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Energy
  • Rebecca Lindland, Director, Automotive Research, IHS Global Insight
  • Scott Paul, Founding Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • Mike Stanton, President & CEO, Global Automakers

Coming on the heels of a successful North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the D.C. Auto Show, put on each year by the Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association (WANADA), will focus more on the policy side than the products.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will help open the full show to media, Members of Congress, regulators, and industry representatives on Thursday, January 26, at the Advanced Technology Superhighway inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Be Car Chic will be on hand for both media days, so stay tuned for coverage and photos from the D.C. Auto Show throughout the week. The Washington Auto Show opens to the public this Friday, January 27, and will run through Sunday, February 5. Visit the official show website to view the schedule and purchase tickets.

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.