The NRC organizes events designed to educate and foster collaboration to strengthen the railway industry, our members and member companies.


Mark your calendar for January 4-7, 2023 for the rail industry's premier networking event of the year.  The NRC Annual Conference will be held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.  Check back later this summer for details about reservations for exhibit space and hotels.

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Grassroots Events

Cultivate productive relationships and

A strong Industry

  • Share your railroad story
  • Build relationships with elected officials
  • Advance our industry ... and our nation


Advocating for rail industry issues on Capitol Hill

The NRC established its grassroots program in 2012 to give U.S. Members of Congress firsthand exposure to and knowledge of rail industry operations from constituents and other professionals who work in the industry. Since then, the NRC has coordinated dozens of grassroots events at NRC member facilities and construction project sites. These events have helped Members of Congress understand how rail contractors and suppliers positively affect the rail industry and contribute to the local and national economy.

NRC members who host grassroots events report their companies have gained positive publicity, established constructive relationships with their congressional members, and built strong contacts for the NRC and member companies to connect with when advocating for rail industry issues on Capitol Hill.

Hosting a grassroots event requires little advance work by the member company but generates a tremendous amount of goodwill and common ground between railway professionals and Member of Congress.

Grassroots Events get Results

NRC Vice President of Operations Mike McGonagle shares insights into the value of holding a grassroots event with a Member of Congress at your facility or project sites.

Schedule an Event

Interested in learning more about Scheduling a Grassroots Event? Connect with Mike McGonagle, the NRC's Vice President of Operations, by email.

News About Recent grassroots events

What our members say…

"The grassroots event we hosted was incredibly worthwhile. The Senate staffers who attended got a firsthand look at a manufacturing facility and now appreciate how important our operation is to the rail industry. Our employees participated in the information exchange and better understand the significance of the work they perform."

George Caric

Vice President, Marketing

Stella-Jones Corporation

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