Washington Conference



Washington Conference


MAY 14-16, 2018



Room Rate: $235

Registration: registration is no longer free and is a nominal $70

* Registration and housing will open in February 2018











The 19th Annual Washington Conference

May 15-17, 2017

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Washington, DC

The 19th Annual AMCA Washington Conference took place May 15-17, 2017 at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel. More than one hundred AMCA members met to discuss issues that can only be resolved at the Federal level. The Washington Conference is geared towards those US AMCA members concerned with the impacts of the decisions the federal government makes that have an effect on mosquito control and public health pesticides.

 View the Agenda

 View the Attendee List (updated May 17, 2017)
 View a list of Key Staff Members


HR 953: The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

S 340: The Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2017


Quick Links:

Congressional Staff Briefing
2017 Mentoring Program
2017 Sponsors
Housing Information
Central Life Sciences Fellowships Travel Stipends
Position Papers
Informational Conference Call
NPDES Voting Records/Zika Vector Control Act
 Scheduling Appointments
 Key Committees In Senate


Congressional Staff Briefing

State of Mosquito Control in the U.S.

Protection of Public Health; Gaps Exposed by the Zika Virus

Two congressional staff briefings took place on May 16, 2017. 

Purpose: Zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes continues to infect women, causing devastating birth defects in children. In these sessions, mosquito control experts will update Congressional staff on the current state of mosquito control in the U.S. The briefing will focus on gaps exposed by the Zika virus, most recent Zika developments, and what’s needed to enhance capacity to meet these challenges and produce new tools to protect public health. 

HOUSE - House Committee on Transportation, Rm: 2253 Rayburn

SENATE - Dirksen Senate, Rm: SD-G11

 View the official AMCA Congressional Staff Briefing invitation

 View the HOUSE only invite

 View the SENATE only invite


2017 Mentoring Program

If you have been participating in the conference for a few years and are willing to share your knowledge and experience, please consider volunteering to mentor to a new attendee. 

As a mentor you will:

  • Help set up Congressional appointments
  • Participate in a Monday morning informational session on May 15 at 10 am
  • Guide your mentee to the Hill
  • Join your mentee for at least the first couple of Hill visits

New members requesting assistance and potential mentors — contact Angela Beehler via email angela@mosquitocontrol.org or call 509-967-2414 to be paired up today!


Thank You 2017 Washington Conference Sponsors

AdapcoAmvacBayerClarkeCentral Life SciencesValent BioSciences Corporation


Housing Information

Melrose Georgetown Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 1-800-MELROSE (635-7673)
or (202-955-6400)

A special block of rooms has been secured for the AMCA Washington Conference attendees at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel, AMCA's official headquarter hotel for the conference. 

The hotel block is now closed. You may contact the hotel directly for hotel accommodations. Rooms are subject to current rates and availability. 

AMCA is pleased to offer the following AMCA room block discounted hotel rates for our attendees: Single/Double occupancy: $229.00 per room, per night

Room rates are in USD($) and DOES NOT include the state and hotel tax of 14.5% (subject to change). 

The housing deadline is April 14, 2017. Please note that your reservation may be modified or cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival. If you would like to extend your stay outside of May 14-17 please contact the hotel directly.

Parking options:

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel Valet Parking:
Overnight: $53
Day: $29

Self Parking Garage (located across the street from The Melrose Georgetown, on L Street, between 24th & 25th):
Overnight: $30

Day (until 7pm): $17
Vehicles not taken out of the garage by 7:00 pm will stay overnight and overnight charges will apply. 
Garage Location: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
NOTE: Garage Entrance: S L Street, between 24th and 25th

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel is located 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. 



Central Life Sciences Fellowships Travel Stipends

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Washington Conference Travel Stipends

Deadline to apply was March 23, 2017 


Recipients will be notified no later than March 31, 2017.

Who is eligible?

The intended use of the Central Life Sciences Fellowship travel stipends is to encourage the attendance of AMCA members who have never participated in this meeting before, particularly members from states or Congressional districts that have lacked such representation in the past. AMCA awards a limited amount of Central Life Sciences Fellowship travel stipends to attendees who meet these two criteria:
  • AMCA member in good standing
  • Attending the 2017 Annual Washington Conference for the first time

How are recipients selected?
The final determination of which applicants receive the Central Life Sciences Fellowships is made by the AMCA Washington Conference Chair in conference with the AMCA Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair. In addition to the criteria above, special consideration is made for members from states or Congressional districts that have Senators or Representatives holding key committee positions affecting our mosquito control issues. If the pool of travel funds permits, AMCA may also provide limited support to members who have attended in the past but now face budget restrictions that prevent them from attending on their own. 

What does the fellowship cover?

Central Life Sciences Fellows are reimbursed for eligible travel expenses up to one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Eligible travel expenses are defined as follows: 
  • Airfare: We reimburse the cost (full or partial) of roundtrip coach-class airfare from your home airport to the Washington, DC area (Dulles, Reagan, or BWI).
  • Airport parking: If you must leave a vehicle at your home airport, AMCA will reimburse up to $10.00/day, up to a maximum of $40.00 for 4 days.
  • Driving: If you drive to Washington, DC from your home city/town, AMCA will reimburse you at the rate of $.535/mile (gas receipts are not reimbursed in addition to mileage reimbursement).
  • Hotel: The AMCA group rate at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel is $229/night (plus applicable city, state and local taxes).
  • Meals: You can request reimbursement for the following meals up to the following limits:
Sun lunch - $10
Sun dinner - $20
Mon breakfast - $10
Mon lunch - $15
Mon dinner - $25
Tue breakfast - included in registration
Tue lunch - $15
Tue dinner - $25
Wed breakfast - included in registration
Wed lunch - $15
  • Meeting registration: There is no registration fee for this meeting

What to do if you are awarded a fellowship

You must make your own hotel reservation and travel arrangements. After the meeting, you will send all receipts and your reimbursement request form to AMCA Headquarters. Maximum reimbursement is $1,000; therefore some expenses may only be reimbursed in part, depending on your total expenses. 


Thank you to Central Life Sciences for graciously sponsoring these travel stipends.


Position Papers

2017 Position Papers:

 Build Comprehensive Vector Programs

 Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Impacts on Mosquito Control Programs

 Endangered Species Act Considerations and Mosquito Control

 Federal Funding for Mosquito Control: Advance Innovation and Discovery


Informational Conference Call

Gearing Up For Washington

Missed the call?   view the presentation

What We Learned: 

  • How to apply for travel stipends
  • How to set up meetings with Members of Congress and their staff
  • What to say during your office visits
  • On-site support that will be available to you as a new attendee
  • What to pack
  • Travel planning - nearest airport, ground transportation

Other Questions?: 

Contact Angela Beehler