NRC FirstLook 2021

Due to the current global situation, the NRC 2021 Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition has been cancelled. As an alternative to that live event, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is pleased to announce a new online program coming in January called 
NRC FirstLook 2021!
NRC FirstLook is an alternative to the annual NRC Conference - the premier railway industry event held each January. While we would like to meet in-person and make valuable connections as we have done at the annual conference for the past 42 years, this year has brought about unforeseen circumstances that do not allow us to hold a safe and effective in-person meeting. 

Keynote Speaker: 

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) Chief  Execuitve Officer James A. Squires will be the keynote speaker for NRC FirstLook 2021.


Through a series of high-profile, high-value online webcasts, NRC FirstLook 2021 will give NRC members and participants valuable and timely insights for the new year. 

NRC FirstLook 2021 features these primary tracks:
Fireside Chat with a Class I CEO on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Signals & Communications Panel on Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Procurement Panel on Thursday, January 21, 2021
Class I Chief Engineers Panel on Wednesday January 27, 2021
•Signal and Communications Opportunities for Contractors and Suppliers Panel Wednesday, January 13, 2021
•Freight Procurement Opportunities for Contractors and Suppliers Panel on Thursday, January 21, 2021
•Class 1 Capital Program and Opportunities for Contractors and Suppliers Panel on Wednesday January 27, 2021
Plus, NRC FirstLook 2021 will include the special and safety awards that have contributed to making the NRC Conference the premier event in the railway industry. More information on those awards will be forthcoming shortly. 

NRC 2020 Safety and Special Awards:

The NRC’s annual Safety Awards recognize NRC contractor member companies with exemplary safety performance during the year. The awards help safety programs stay up to date with industry best practices and serve as a valuable business development tool. To view the NRC 2020 Safety Award application please click here

Sponsor Opportunities:

To view the current sponsorship form, with available opportunities and the associated benefits, please click here.


As we will not be meeting in-person this year we are looking ahead to the 2022 NRC-REMSA Exhibition and will be offering early booth reservations for 2022 in January 2021 to those who register for NRC FirstLook 2021. More information will be forthcoming. 


To register, please click here.

For more information on NRC FirstLook 2021, please visit the NRC website at or contact NRC staff at

Questions: Please kindly reach out to NRC staff at or by phone at 202-975-0365.