Where and when is the AIPAC Policy Conference?
The 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference will begin Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and New York Avenue in Washington, DC. The Conference will end on Tuesday, March 5 following your lobbying appointments (around 3:00 p.m.) The address is: 801 Mt. Vernon Place Washington, DC 20001 Telephone: 202-249-3000 www.dcconvention.com
How can I register?
You can register online at www.aipac.org/pcreg. The registration fee is $599 per person for general delegates and $499 per person for AIPAC club members. Registration for the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference is now closed. Starting on Sunday, you will be able to register for the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC March 2-4, 2014.
What is the dress code?
Attire for sessions on Sunday and Monday afternoon is business casual. Business attire is appropriate for Monday night’s Policy Conference Gala and for lobbying appointments on Tuesday. The Convention Center is very large and comfortable shoes are a must throughout the conference.
What should I bring with me to Policy Conference?
You will need to bring your delegate badge and lanyard, along with a government-issued photo ID each time you enter the Convention Center. If you received your badge and lanyard in the mail, remember to bring them with you each morning before you leave for the Convention Center. If you did not receive your badge and lanyard in the mail, or left them at home you will need to go to the Carnegie Library across from the Convention Center before you enter the Convention Center. Please make sure you bring your government-issued photo ID with you to the Carnegie Library.
What are my food options at Policy Conference?
Though meals are not included in the cost of registration, there are several places to purchase food throughout the Convention Center. All food served/available for purchase at the conference is glatt kosher, supervised by the Vaad of Washington, DC. The AIPAC Village will house a number of different food options including three Village Marketplaces where soups, salads and sandwiches will be available, the Village Coffee bar, and food trucks featuring Middle Eastern, BBQ, Asian and American cuisines. The AIPAC Bistro will be located in Hall C and will serve a buffet lunch on Sunday after the opening plenary. Reserve your seat today by purchasing a bistro ticket for lunch on Sunday. Please visit http://www.aipacbistro.com to make reservations for the Bistro. There is limited seating so if you want to purchase this option, please do so as soon as possible. The Uptown Food District Concession Stands are located on the L Street Bridge. They will offer grab and go breakfasts, fresh salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, snacks and beverages.
What is the AIPAC Village?
The AIPAC Village is in the basement of the Convention Center and covers two full city blocks. In addition to featuring some exhibits and lectures, the Village will include food options, club lounges, a bookstore, a photo stage, Quickstop Kiosks, mobile newsstands and more.
What is a lobbying appointment?
A lobbying appointment is your opportunity to meet with your member of Congress and speak to them about issues of concern to the pro-Israel community. Most of the lobbying appointments will take place on Capitol Hill with either your Member of Congress or a Congressional staffer. The meetings that are too large to fit in a room on the Hill will meet in the Convention Center.
I've never lobbied before - should I still participate in the lobbying appointment?
Policy Conference is a great opportunity to learn how to address your member of Congress. During the conference, you will have the option to sign up for a lobbying training session during a breakout session slot. These sessions will address all of your questions in terms of AIPAC’s lobbying agenda, helpful tips for successful lobbying, and other information that is important for you to know.
What if I don't have my credentials when I arrive in Washington?
If you do not receive your badge or lose or forget it, you can go to the Carnegie Library, located across the street from the convention center’s Mt. Vernon entrance, across Mt. Vernon Place. Spouses or family members are not permitted to check-in other members of their families.
Accessibility at the Convention Center
If you require extra assistance around the Convention Center, electronic scooters are available for rent by making your reservation directly with Scootaround at 888-982-0657. Wheelchairs are available at the Washington Convention Center information desk.
Call the Policy Conference Hotline at 202-639-5363 or email [email protected].