The 80th Annual Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner
New Jersey's Premier Business Event
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
February 16-17, 2017
For complete and up-to-date information about this year's Walk to Washington including itinerary, schedules, FAQs, and important contacts,visit chamberwalk.com on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
The year really does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington when we gather to review the last year and look ahead to what New Jersey's future can once again be.
--Governor Chris Christie
For 79 years, the Walk to Washington has been a must-attend business event because of who attends and what happens.
Corporate executives, mid-size business owners, entrepreneurs, state government and legislative leaders take a chartered Amtrak train to Washington, D.C., to network with each other and to discuss New Jersey's economic situation with our Congressional Delegation.
A time honored tradition in extreme networking. --The Star Ledger
Last year we hosted hundreds of business executives and decision makers, 10 members of our Congressional Delegation, 40 members of the state Legislature, and over 30 news media outlets.
All of the traditional features of our Walk to Washington remain intact:
- Our chartered Amtrak train leaves for Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
- Our Grand Reception at the Marriott Wardman Park begins at 5 p.m. that evening.
- Our dinner honoring New Jersey's Congressional Delegation follows at 7 p.m.
Hailed as the state's premier business event since 1937
For 79 years, Chamber members have boarded a special Amtrak charter train and traveled to the nation's Capital to discuss with the state's top political leadership how to make New Jersey a better place to do business. Join us for unprecedented opportunities for conversation, visibility and camaraderie.
Why walk the walk?
To mingle with the state's movers and shakers and make connections that will help your business grow and succeed. Ride the rails and meet face-to-face with as many potential clients as possible.
What is the Walk to Washington?
The tradition began in 1937 when several of the state's top business executives took a train to Washington to have dinner with New Jersey's congressional delegation - and the rest is history. Soon the event's popularity made it necessary to charter a private train to the nation's capital. And because everyone on the train walks the aisles, discussing issues and opportunities the event became known as the Walk to Washington. The adventure begins when the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train departs Newark and our other scheduled stops - Metropark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington - for the ride to Washington.
What is the Congressional Dinner?
It's your best opportunity of the year to meet people, make connections, and build your business. The trip hits a crescendo when the train reaches the nation's capital and guests gather at the Marriott Wardman Park for a cocktail reception, the Congressional Dinner and a dessert buffet extravaganza that allows the networking to continue into the night.
Need more reasons to attend?
You can participate in the many related events provided by leading New Jersey businesses and organizations. Post-dinner hospitality suites and morning breakfasts are all part of the tradition. Our chartered Amtrak train leaves Union Station in Washington late Friday morning and gets you home in time for dinner.
Business Leadership Award
The 2017 Walk to Washington Business Leadership Award recipient is Tony Coscia, Chair of the Amtrak Board of Directors.
The award is presented each year to a New Jersey business executive who has compiled an exemplary record of business success and community support.
Tony has been with the law firms of Windels, Marx and Mittendorf for more than 25 years where he focuses on corporate, commercial and real estate matters.