2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
January 5, 2022

It is time to make your plans to attend the 43rd Annual NRC Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition.

Please join us January 5-8, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

After a one-year in-person conference hiatus due to COVID-19, you will not want to miss the opportunity to connect with key industry personnel! Check here for registration information for the conference, exhibition and golf, as well as sponsorships.

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
  • Rail Infrastructure Legislation
  • Railroad Construction Safety
  • High-Speed Rail Developments
  • Positive Train Control

Registration: Register for the 2022 NRC Conference

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.

REGISTRATION CATEGORIES On or Before 10/1/21 10/2/21 - 11/20/21 12/1/21 - On-Site
NRC member (first non-exhibitor attendee)  $600  $700  $800
NRC member spouse  $300  $350  $400
Non-NRC member  $900  $1,000  $1,100
Non-NRC member spouse  $500  $550  $600
Railroad/Media/Government Personnel No Charge No Charge No Charge

Schedule-At-A-Glance -
Check here for the latest schedule updates.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

  • Registration: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
  • Exhibitor Set-up: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Reception in Exhibit Hall: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, January 6, 2022

  • 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; 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Seminars: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, January 7, 2022

  • General Session: 7:30 am - 11 am
  • Exhibits Tear Down: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Golf (on site): 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Hiking (off site): 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 8, 2022

  • General Session: 7:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Finale Reception: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • L.B. Foster Arizona Sports Party: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hotel Rooms: The NRC has secured a room block for conference attendees at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Due to high demand, the room block is already full for January 7 and 8. If you would like to be added to the wait list for the hotel, please email Mike McGonagle.

You can check the status of the room block or inquire about other dates by calling the JW Marriott Desert Ridge directly at 800-835-6206.

Exhibition: Exhibit space for the 2022 NRC-REMSA Exhibition is on sale now! Check below for more details:

For questions regarding the NRC-REMSA Exhibition and reserving your booth, please email REMSA President Urszula Soucie or call 202-844-6026.

Event Sponsorships: The NRC offers its members the opportunity to sponsor all or a portion of a specific conference function. General sponsorships will also 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 printed inside of the NRC Conference Program Guide.

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

Golf Tournament: The NRC 2022 Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, January 7th at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Register for the 2022 NRC Golf Tournament. The tournament registration fee includes carts, green fees, lunch and refreshments, as well as driving range and putting green access. To ensure availability, rental clubs must be ordered by December 13, 2021.

Hiking Excursion: If golf is not your thing, consider this alternate excursion on Friday afternoon, January 7. Join us for an afternoon of hiking in the Arizona Desert! Guests will depart from the resort ballroom entrance of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge at 1 pm. The $125 registration fee includes the hiking activity with certified hiking guides and round-trip transportation, along with snacks and refreshments. To ensure availability, please register prior by December 20, 2021.

Conference Safety and COVID-19 - The health and safety of our conference attendees is our top priority. The NRC is monitoring guidance from the CDC as well as federal, state and local authorities regarding COVID-19 protocols and precautions. The NRC will keep conference attendees informed on all health and safety measures and requirements for attendance as new recommendations arise ahead of the conference. By registering to attend the NRC Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition, you agree to comply with health and safety protocols published by the NRC, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, and/or local health officials.

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 starting at 4:30 pm EST on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through 7:30 pm EST on Saturday, January 8, 2022. 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 2023 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 4 – 7, 2023, Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton Resort & Club

NRC 2024 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 3 – 6, 2024, Scottsdale, AZ
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

NRC 2025 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition
January 5 – 8, 2025, Marco Island, FL
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

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

What our members say…

“Attendance at the NRC annual conference has been invaluable. The updates from the chief engineers at the various railroads give our company insight into what work we can anticipate in the pipeline for the upcoming year. This, along with the strong networking opportunities amongst individuals across the entire railroading community, make this an event that I look forward to year after year.”

Nick Jenks

Regional Sales Manager

Steel Dynamics Sales North America, Inc.

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