Building upon key advocacy successes for the green industry, AmericanHort is pleased to announce popular two-term Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will headline the AmericanHort Impact Washington Legislative Summit taking place September 18-20 in the nation’s capital.
The story of former Governor Hogan’s journey to elective office is fascinating. Hogan was not a career politician. As a lifelong Marylander and small business owner who was fed up with sky-high taxes, politics as usual, and decades of one-party rule, he started Change Maryland, the largest non-partisan grassroots citizen organization in state history. In 2014, outnumbered in party registration by more than 2-1 and outspent by more than 5-1, Hogan pulled off the biggest upset in America on election night, becoming only the second Republican Governor elected in Maryland in 50 years.
Once in office, Governor Hogan quickly became an example of leadership for the nation, accomplishing what many believed was no longer possible: bipartisan, common-sense solutions. And as he finished his second term, polling consistently revealed an overwhelming majority of Marylanders – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – approved of his job performance.
“If you have grown weary – or even cynical – of all things political, you will find Governor Hogan’s message uplifting and inspirational,” said Cole Mangum, vice president for operations at Bell Nursery, Elkridge, MD, and immediate past AmericanHort board chair. “We thrived under his vision and leadership and are thrilled that Governor Hogan will join us in September to share his observations, experience, and vision with AmericanHort and green industry leaders from across our nation.”
The Impact Washington Summit includes a program of presentations and discussions on important policy issues that impact the horticulture industry and pre-arranged meetings on The Hill among participants and their Members of Congress. Details on additional program speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Registration is open, and event details can be found at AmericanHort.org/IWSummit.
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