The National Marine Manufacturers Association released the schedule of events for the American Boating Congress, taking place virtually May 13-14 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“Our speakers this year are some of the most influential names in government and politics. This lineup of cabinet members, elected officials and political strategists will provide you with an in-depth look at how this crisis has shaped politics and policy, and what we can expect moving forward,” NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said in a statement.
Topics on Wednesday include:
• a discussion of the CARES Act with congressional staffers Renee Bender and Michael Stein
• Democrat Josh Gottheimer and Republican Tom Reed highlighting the importance of working across party lines to provide covid-19 relief packages
• NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros explaining the association’s four-pronged approach to addressing the challenges caused by covid-19
• a “State of the States” panel discussion on how states are coordinating on restarting economies as stay-at-home orders begin to be lifted
The Thursday session includes a discussion with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, as well as an economic forecast. A participant Q&A will follow each session.
In addition to the event programming, NMMA put together top policy priority highlights for covid-19 economic relief.
Hugelmeyer said that although participants are unable to meet in person, it’s more important than ever this year to participate and present a united front on issues that that are important to the industry.
“Your participation is ensuring we’re not only protecting and supporting your business through this crisis, but that we come out together on the other side as an industry that’s positioned to thrive and better connect our consumers with their love of being on the water,” Hugelmeyer said.