The National Marine Manufacturers Association continued its State of the Month Capitol Hill outreach strategy in March, focusing on Texas. The organization met with members of congress and staff from Texas’ 38-member congressional delegation, which consists of 36 house members and two in the senate.
NMMA says that having a concerted focus on a state has helped shine a light on recreational boating and our priorities among congressional delegates.
According to the association, the marine industry in Texas has a $6 billion per year economic impact with more than 31,000 related jobs and in excess of 2,000 related businesses. Annual retail sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories totals $1.4 billion in the Lone Star State. Additionally, Texas is home to more than 573,000 registered boats.
During the meetings in Washington, the NMMA federal affairs team discussed a range of issues including trade, ethanol and fuel policy, appropriations, workforce development and boating infrastructure.
The State of the Month outreach program includes social media activities to better tell recreational boating’s story in each state. NMMA federal affairs will focus on Minnesota as its State of the Month in April. Businesses in that state that have an issue they want addresses should contact NMMA’s vice president of federal and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros at firstname.lastname@example.org.