American Gas Association, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, American Farm Bureau Federation and many other interest groups are pushing to extend tax breaks including hybrid solar lighting, fuel cells and small wind. “There's such a hodgepodge of different tax extenders that it may amount to enough interest to deal with the tax extenders bill," Curtis Beaulieu, a Bracewell senior counsel and lobbyist for the Geothermal Exchange Organization told Politico.
Almost 200 trade associations from across the country called on Congress to oppose efforts to repeal reforms that have curtailed the two largest global credit- and debit-card companies’ anti-competitive practices. The 2010 debit reforms included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act returned competition to the debit card processing market by requiring that every debit card issued have at least two unaffiliated networks enabled to process transactions. Before the debit reforms, the two largest credit-card companies had blocked their competitors from processing debit-card transactions by paying their largest issuing banks to block other networks from appearing on the banks’ debit cards. This lack of competition and market manipulation drove up costs while stifling innovation. The reforms have ensured that debit networks now compete on price and security for both merchant and bank business. For the full letter and list of companies and trade associations, click here.
Deadline is Oct. 31 for the call for papers for the 12th annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference, Aug. 2-4 at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Md. Presenters will address current trends in direct marketing, fundraising, social media or more. Details, click here.
Association Media & Publishing will conduct “Is Launching an App Right for Your Association?,” from noon to 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 28 at Quad/Graphics in Alexandria, Va. Speaker will be Michael Jones from Results Direct. Details: http://associationmediaandpublishing.org.
Former US House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has joined Squire Patton Boggs, Boehner will not lobby in his new role but serve as a strategic adviser to clients in the US and abroad, and will focus on global business development.
National NeedleArts Association selected SmithBucklin for full-service association management. Susan Lane will serve as TNNA executive director, and TNNA's headquarters will move to Chicago on Sept. 26.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) CVB changed its name to Experience Scottsdale. The change coincides with the launch of Experience Scottsdale’s new brand, advertising campaign and website. Salt Lake City-based creative agency STRUCK assisted in the rebrand.
Erin M. Fuller, FASAE, CAE, president of association management & consulting fpr MCI USA, was inducted into the American University’s Public Relations Student Society of America’s Hall of Fame. Fuller was honored at the first American University Living Legends awards show on Sept. 15. PRSSA recognized Fuller for both her ongoing involvement with American University and her impactful career in nonprofit management. She leads MCI USA’s team of 100 nonprofit management professionals, and is a noted expert on nonprofit management and women’s issues. Fuller served as the president of the American University Alumni Association Board, and she also received the 2015 Alumni Eagle award for outstanding service to the university, as well as the 2011 Alice Paul Award from American University's Women and Politics Institute for her work advancing women's causes. Also at MCI USA, marketing director John Chen, CAE, a past TRENDS Young & Aspiring Association Professional, and senior associate Emily Reineke were selected for the Association Forum of Chicagoland's 40 Under 40 honor.
Michael McDuff, executive director of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, was named president of the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies at their 54th annual conference held in Minneapolis, Minn.earlier this month.