Advocacy briefing at Chicago Boat Show draws a crowd

Jill Sims

Jill Sims

Last Thursday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association held its first “Propelling our Industry Forward” advocacy briefing at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show. Elected officials and members of the NMMA team spoke at the event.

NMMA director of federal government relations, Clay Crabtree and NMMA manager of policy and engagement for the Great Lakes region, Jill Sims, met with industry advocates, congressional staff and Illinois state legislature staffers to discuss the recreational boating industry’s 2020 state and federal priorities. Additionally, Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar made opening remarks that focused on recreational boating’s impact in the Chicago area.

The briefing included a presentation on the importance of industry participation in all facets of advocacy and key policy issues conservation, recreational infrastructure, sustainable fishers and wake sport boat access. A question and answer session followed the presentation.

Moving forward, the advocacy tour will head to Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York and New England. Details are available at the following links:


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