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NMMA offers free advocacy tools


The National Marine Manufacturers Association is offering free reference tools for advocacy to members and non-members. “Speaking with a collective, consistent voice across all sectors of recreational boating is key to the industry’s success,” said a story in today’s Currents.

“We’re most successful in our advocacy efforts when we have an engaged industry and use our collective voice,” Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s senior vice president, government and legal affairs, told Trade Only Today. “Whether it’s hosting plant tours with a member of congress, sharing important messages on social media, or attending the American Boating Congress, it’s essential for everyone with a stake in our industry—not just members— to be able to simply and clearly communicate our position on the pressing issues impacting recreational boating.”

The reference materials cover a variety of topics, from Aquatic Invasive Species Factsheet; E15 Factsheet; Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Factsheet; Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund Factsheet; and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Factsheet.

“These materials provide that foundational knowledge and can act as a launch pad for everyone from marine manufacturers to dealers to industry associations,” added Vasilaros. “This will allow them to think not only about ways they can use their voice to amplify our efforts in Washington and around the country but be confident in knowing what they’re saying is impactful.”

The association released a policy e-brochure about the efforts. 



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