VIDEO: NMMA details changes to American Boating Congress

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The marine industry is already anticipating the 2015 American Boating Congress, an event that gathers stakeholders on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of issues affecting the industry.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced changes to accommodate the growing event, which runs from May 11-13 this year.

The welcome reception that was introduced last year will continue, but it will be held this year at the American Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, with “full run of the second floor with a docent,” NMMA environmental and safety compliance director John McKnight said.

Former “Meet the Press” host David Gregory will keynote the event. Other speakers include Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy at the Coast Guard; Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; and U.S. Rep. Ron Wittman, R-Va.

The Political Action Committee reception is moving from Union Station this year to a rooftop venue on F Street that will feature a view of the Capitol. The hotel this year is the Renaissance Hotel D.C. to accommodate more people because space quickly ran out last year.

“There’s a different format this year as we try to change and evolve,” McKnight said in a video outlining the new changes.

Registration is now open for ABC.

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