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American Boating Congress unveils 2017 workshops

The American Boating Congress announced its issue workshops and the NMMA released its 2017 policy agenda.

The American Boating Congress announced its issue workshops and the National Marine Manufacturers Association released its 2017 policy agenda.

The NMMA said that because there is a new administration and Congress, major policy decisions are on the horizon and it’s important to become involved.

The 2017 ABC, which will be held May 15-17, is introducing a new series of issue workshops to educate those who attend about the major issues that affect marine businesses and help guide them in representing the industry on Capitol Hill.

To complement the workshops, the NMMA has published the 2017 Policy Agenda — Marine Manufacturing: Powering the Nation’s Economy, a new reference guide outlining top legislative priorities for recreational boating.

The NMMA is encouraging industry stakeholders to download and begin using the policy agenda now and year-round to help prepare for any meetings, events or communication being done to educate lawmakers. The entire brochure can be downloaded here.

The NMMA said there are nine new issue workshops on this year’s ABC agenda, divided into three subject tracks — a business track, an environment and access track and a workforce and compliance track.

The business track will offer sessions on tax policy; infrastructure; and trade.

The environment and access track will offer sessions on access and conservation; boating safety; and recreational fishing saltwater policy.

The workforce and compliance track will offer sessions on workforce development; fuel policy; and the environment regarding health and safety compliance.

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