6 reasons you need to attend the American Boating Congress

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
April 23, 2013
Filed under Jonathan Sweet

This year’s American Boating Congress is only two weeks away, but there’s still time to head out to D.C. and make a difference.

ABC is a comprehensive legislative conference that brings together the recreational boating industry to discuss and influence public policy on May 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C. There are a record 31 co-hosts of this year’s conference, including Boating Industry.

There are plenty of reasons for everyone in the industry to attend this year, but here are six of the best.

  1. It’s an opportunity to stop complaining about Washington and do something about it. It’s one of your best chances to meet face-to-face with your representatives on Capitol Hill.
  2. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert. NMMA’s government affairs staff sets up the meetings and briefs you on key issues ahead of time, taking a lot of the work off your hands.
  3. Your visits mean much more than those of staff from NMMA, MRAA, AMI or other associations. Forty-six percent of Congressional staff say that a constituent’s visit to a member’s D.C. office has “a lot” of influence.
  4. The conference portion of ABC allows you to hear directly from those people who make policy. This year’s speakers include Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dean Lee and more.
  5. Major issues facing the industry are being debated right now, from multiple bills on engine-damaging E15 to plans that severely limit access to national parks for boaters and fishermen.
  6. It’s the best way to protect your interests. As NMMA President Thom Dammrich said when I talked to him: “You wouldn’t leave it to your competitor to do your marketing. You wouldn’t leave it to your competitor to manage your distribution. Why do you leave it to your competitor to manage government relations?”

For more information or to register, visit nmma.org/abc.



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