Wednesday, February 3, 2010

D.C. Fly-In Takes Off Tomorrow

My first real exposure to Washington was as a college intern after my Sophomore year in college. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and the things I got to do then are not likely repeatable today by Capitol Hill interns.

I’ve been places in the Capitol that are way off limits to most people now, including climbing the stairs inside (yes, inside) the dome to the base below the Statue of Freedom for an unobstructed view of Washington. I also made three trips to the White House, including driving a car in there twice (who does that any more?) and freely walking outside on the north portico.

I return to Washington tomorrow as part of the Port Authority's annual D.C. Fly-In.

Meetings are set with five members of Congress--U.S. Senator Brown and Congressman Space, Tiberi, Latta, and Austria. Our Aerospace Center contingent includes Commissioner Tim Bubb and Mayor Mark Johns along with officials from Boeing, Bionetics, and the Port Authority.

This is the fourth year in a row of such an event led by the Port Authority. Given that we’ve had five needs for Congressional intervention on federal issues in the last five years, it’s easy to see why we need to do this to be proactive and preserve jobs.

Our day starts at 4:30 a.m. and won't end until 10:30 p.m. It’s not a pleasure trip by any means.

See more on our plans at I’ll also be posting Twitter updates throughout the day too on that web page.

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