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District Visits

Invite your US representatives or senators to visit your company’s facility or university laboratory or meet in their local state or district offices

     

District Visits/Facility Tours

Optica staff is happy to assist members who wish to invite their US representatives or senators to visit their companies facilities or university laboratory.  Staff can also help members with arranging appointments to visit the local state or district office of their US senators or representatives.

Members of Congress typically work in their district office during Congressional District Work Periods, such as the summer district work period during the month of August. Congressional recess dates are available here:

House schedule
Senate schedule

If you are interested in scheduling a district visit or facility/laboratory tour, please contact Optica's Global Policy & Affairs team at publicaffairs@optica.org.

As a resource, the National Photonics Initiative, of which Optica is a cofounding sponsor, has a helpful district visits toolkit.   

 

Photo Above:  In 2020, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance hosted US Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) to discuss the positive economic impact of the optics and photonics industry in the state. Participating companies included Ascent Vision, Wavelength Electronics, FLIR Systems/Scientific Materials, Montana Instruments, S2 Corporation, and Elemental Scientific Lasers

 

Photo Above:  In 2018, the University of Oregon welcomed US Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to campus to tour the Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science and see first-hand the value of photonics and quantum physics to existing, new and future infrastructure.  Photo Credit: Chris Larsen, University of Oregon
 
Photo Above:  Congressman DeFazio with members of the University of Oregon student chapter.  Photo Credit: Chris Larsen, University of Oregon
 
Photo Above:  In 2017, US Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) toured Edmund Optics Tucson Research and Design Center
 
Photo Above:  In 2016, US Rep. John Mica (R-FL) spoke at the Florida Photonics Cluster meeting taking place at BEAM Company.
 
Photo Above: In 2015, US Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) toured Optikos Corporation