ROCKVILLE, Md. - The 2003 Campaign for Quality Construction National Issues Conference will take place May 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

ROCKVILLE, Md. - The 2003 Campaign for Quality Construction National Issues Conference will take place May 5-7 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

This year's conference will focus on infrastructure spending, "and the economic and political risks of jeopardizing badly needed stimulus over prevailing-wage repeal issues that entirely miss the mark of current industry work force complexities," according to a press release.

The featured speaker will be Peter Philips, a professor in the economics department at the University of Utah and expert on prevailing-wage laws and other employee aspects of the construction industry. He will speak on his most recent research project, analyzing the effect of prevailing-wage regulations on school construction costs.

Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report, will address conference attendees on upcoming political trends expected in the 108th Congress. Rothenberg writes opinion pieces for such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and has frequently been on network television news programs.

The conference is co-hosted by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, the National Electrical Contractors Association, the Finishing Contractors Association, and NEA-The Association of Union Constructors. These five associations represent 24,000 union specialty-contractor firms.