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NMMA plans events at both political conventions

As part of its push to highlight for Congress the economic impact of recreational boating on local economies, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting events during the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

The NMMA will be hosting informational and educational events that include boating excursions, product demos and booth displays.

There will be several manufacturer representatives and industry experts on hand to demonstrate technological, environmental and safety advancements and speak to economic and political topics affecting the recreational boating industry.

Media opportunities include on-site interviews with NMMA staff, event attendees and members of Congress, as well as pre-event coverage.

The RNC event will held be from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Hula Bay Club in Tampa, Fla.

The DNC event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Peninsula Yacht Club in Lake Norman, N.C.

The NMMA says recreational boating is a uniquely American manufacturing industry, with 83 percent of boats sold in the United States built in this country. The industry is an important contributor to the U.S. economy and has a $72 billion annual economic impact. Recreational boating is also a net exporter for the country: In 2011 boat exports were 44 percent above the 16-year average of $1.2 billion.

Invitations will be extended to members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, as well as industry colleagues and state and federal elected officials from districts where NMMA member companies have manufacturing operations.

To RSVP to attend either event, or to coordinate an interview with NMMA staff or event attendees, contact Lauren Dunn at ldunn@nmma.org or (202) 737-9752.

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