The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will host events at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year to honor the Congressional Boating Caucus and educate delegates, Members of Congress and staff about the overwhelming impact that recreational boat, engine and accessory manufacturing has on the U.S. economy.
NMMA’s events will include boat demonstrations, information about the economics of the recreational boating industry and an opportunity to meet with industry leaders for an educational afternoon. Highlights also include tips for enjoying a safe day on the water, the latest in technology and “green boating” as well as top policy issues facing the industry such as the introduction of high ethanol fuels in the marketplace.
The RNC event will be held on Tuesday, August 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hula Bay Club in Tampa, Florida. The DNC event is Tuesday, September 4, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Yacht Club, Lake Norman, North Carolina.
Recreational boating is a uniquely American manufacturing industry with 83 percent of powerboats sold in the U.S. manufactured in the U.S.
Boating is an important contributor to the U.S. economy with a $72 billion annual economic impact and an estimated 350,000 direct American jobs.
Recreational boating is also a net exporter for the U.S. In 2011 boat exports were up 44 percent above the 16-year average of $1.2 billion.
NMMA President Thom Dammrich says of the events, “This election year brings us a special opportunity to educate our policy makers about the important role marine manufacturing plays in the overall health of our nation’s economy. As a bipartisan organization is it critical that we work with Republicans and Democrats alike to improve our economic outlook and grow the future of the recreational boating industry.”
For more information visit www.nmma.org.