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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2025 Annual Conference

Join us January 5-8, 2025

at the J.W. Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

  • Learn
  • Network
  • Advocate

2025 Annual conference & Exhibition Sponsors


The 2025 NRC Annual Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida, January 5 through 8, 2025.

Learn. Network. Advocate. Kick off the year on the right track at the railway construction's premier event. The Annual NRC Conference features a unique program agenda with chief engineers from the major freight railroads and other key speakers covering up-to-date topics of importance to the rail industry. Typical topics include:

  • Class 1 and Regional Railroad Capital Spending Plans
  • Rail Projects of National Significance
  • Commuter Rail and Transit Contracting
  • Railroad Construction Safety
  • Panel Discussions on Signals & Communications, Rail Sustainability and Government Affairs
2023 Conference Program

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Registration: Registration for the 2025 conference will open in August. NRC members receive a significant registration rate discount.  If you have any questions about registration or your membership status, please email Mike McGonagle or call 202-975-0365. Check here for more information about NRC membership.

Conference Pricing


BEFORE 11/01

11/01 - ON SITE

NRC Member



NRC Member - Spouse







Non-Member Spouse



NRC - Member

Before 10/1

10/2 - 11/30

12/1 - On-Site

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Exhibit Space Pricing

Booth payment includes one complimentary conference attendee registration per company.  All attendees must be registered for the NRC Conference to gain access to the exhibit hall.

Company Status

NRC Member

Booth Size

On or Before 11/1/2023

After 11/1/2023

8"x 10"

REMSA Member

$2,100 per booth

$2,300 per booth

8"x 10"


$2,500 per booth

$2,300 per booth

8"x 10"

$3,300 per booth

$3,500 per booth

Booths that include a corner are considered premium locations and will incur an additional $250 surcharge. This is the top row (booth numbers ending in 12 and 13), and front row (booths ending in 00 and 01). Register for exhibit space.

For more information or for answers to questions concerning exhibit space, please contact Heidi Baker, Show Manager, at (202) 844-6126 or

For questions regarding the NRC-REMSA Exhibition and reserving your booth, please email REMSA Trade Show & Marketing Manager Heidi Baker or call 202-844-6126.

Schedule at a Glance

2025 Schedule At a Glance

Sunday, January 5, 2025

  • Registration: 8 am – 7:30 pm
  • Exhibitor Set-up: 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Reception in Exhibit Hall: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • L.B Foster Football Party: 1 pm - 4 pm

Monday, January 6, 2025

  • General Session: 7 am - 8:45 am; 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Exhibits: 8:45 am - 10:15 am, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm; 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Seminars: 2 pm – 4 pm

Tuesday, January 7, 2025

  • General Session: 7:30 am - 11 am
  • Exhibits Tear Down: 7:30 am - 12 pm
  • Golf (additional registration required): 12 pm – 5 pm

 Wednesday, January 8, 2025

  • General Session: 7:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Finale Reception: 5 pm - 7 pm

Lodging: The conference will take place at the J.W. Marriott Resort Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida.The NRC room block rate will be released in early August.  All rooms must be guaranteed with a non-refundable deposit for the first night’s room and tax. Once you register for the NRC conference, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to book your room in the block.

Event Sponsorships: The NRC offers its members the opportunity to sponsor all or a portion of a specific conference function. General sponsorships also are available. Get positive exposure for your company with some of the planned marketing opportunities:

  • Sponsor ribbon on conference badges
  • Sponsor recognition on the NRC website in lead-up to the Conference
  • Sponsor recognition in NRC Conference emails to attendees, and NRC monthly bulletin
  • Signage with your company logo throughout the venue
  • Recognition at the event
  • Your company logo inside of the NRC Conference Program Guide.

If you are interested in signing up your company as a sponsor for the 2025 conference or have questions about the most up-to-date offerings, email Mike McGonagle or call 202-975-0365.

Golf Tournament: The golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, January 7.  Golf options and pricing will be detailed when you register.

Trap Shooting Event, sponsored by Progressive Railroading: As an alternative to golf, consider registering for the NRC’s Trap Shooting Event. Details to follow.

‍Policy on Entertainment - The NRC Board of Directors has adopted a Policy on Entertainment to provide all NRC Conference and NRC-REMSA Exhibition ("Conference") attendees an equal opportunity to participate in the entertainment of our railroad, transit, commuter, passenger and other customers, speakers, and guests.

The Policy applies to events in connection with the Conference. During this timeframe, private hospitality events on or off the Conference premises are not permitted and no organized private entertainment is permitted while conference proceedings or events are occurring. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the common hospitality events and may not organize events that compete with the conference program.

All Attendees are expected to comply with this Policy. By registering for the Conference, you are certifying that all representatives and associates who are attending the Conference on behalf of your organization have been notified of this Policy and will observe and abide by it.

Scam Alert - We ask conference attendees to be vigilant of scams, including any solicitations via email that offer hotel deals or registration lists on behalf of the NRC. These groups are not affiliated with the NRC. Please check the NRC website or email NRC staff directly for the most up-to-date conference information.

‍Future NRC Conference Sites ‍

Please plan to join us at our these upcoming NRC Annual Conferences and NRC-REMSA Exhibitions.

NRC 2026 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 6-9. 2026, Hollywood, FL
The Diplomat Resort & Spa

NRC 2027 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 6-9, 2027
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

NRC 2028 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 5-8, 2028
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

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What our members say…

The NRC conference is valuable because it brings key players together to talk about issues in the industry. The CapEx presentations give us perspectives of what railroad are going to do, what they are going invest in, and how contractors can participate in their expansion and maintenance programs.

Russ Gehl

Vice President - Business Development

Holland LP

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