The 2010 National Issues Conference, hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), gets underway tomorrow morning (April 27) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. The 1 1/2-day issues conference, combining both federal government issues with national/state association business and state-level matters, principally involves national and state ARVC leaders who deal with a wide variety of state, national and association matters.

The National Issues Conference, sponsored by Evergreen USA is preceded by Monday’s CAMP meetings of state association executives at the same location.

Tuesday’s agenda shifts to the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington D.C., and to a series of Capital Hill visits. Here, at a glance, is the conference agenda:

Tuesday, Mar. 27: Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md.

Noon: Lunch at Cherry Hill Park

1:30-5:30 p.m.: Review of ARVC Government Affairs Priorities and Program by consultants Aubrey King & David Gorin

1:30 p.m.: Review of Key Issues of Interest to ARVC on the National Scene

2:30 p.m.: State Issues of Interest to Affiliated Associations

3:30– 4:30 p.m.: “State Parks: What’s Going On?” The speaker, Joe Elton, the Virginia State Park director and president of the National Association of State Park Directors, will address the most important trends in state park camping and recreation. Also on the radar is a look at America’s State Parks Alliance with a focus on the direction of public and private campground relations.

4:30 p.m.: Review of National Recreation Issues (including National Park Promotion Council) by Derrick Crandall or Aubrey King, including a presentation on the link between outdoor recreation and better health

5-6:00 p.m.: Special Guest Speaker sponsored by Best Parks in America, KOA, Yogi Bear/Leisure Systems: Dr. Paul Herrnson, author of “Party Campaigning in the 1980s” and several other books, who will participate in a Q&A session regarding the current political scene.

6:15 p.m.: Dinner at Cherry Hill

Wednesday, Mar. 28: U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

8 a.m.: Breakfast with presentation of National Public Service Award.

8:30 a.m.: Small Business Tax and Regulatory Issues with Paula Calimafde, chairman of the SBLC and president of the Small Business Council.

9:30 a.m.: Economic Review for Nation and Tourism and Recreation with David Huether, NAM, and Suzanne Cook, U.S. Travel Association

10:30 a.m.: Highway Reauthorization, including a speaker from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials or American Highway Users Alliance.

11 a.m.: Implementation of the Travel Promotion Act

11:30 a.m.: Open Forum before Capitol Hill Visits

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Capital Hill Visits

4:30 p.m.: Happy Hour recap and debriefing at Capitol Hill Club