NMMA will raise its state political advocacy to a new level on September 11, 2019, with the inaugural Michigan political fly-in. To be held in state’s capitol in Lansing, the event will focus on bringing its priorities of an outdoor recreational office, aquatic invasive species prevention and elimination, workforce development, and business taxes to decision makers. Click here to register.
Expanding the recreational boating industry’s brand before opinion leaders is an important goal in NMMA’s Strategic Industry Business Plan. Voters and business owners carry more political sway than any lobbyist.
Legislators might know boating is important, but they don’t always know the specific concerns and political agendas of the recreational marine industry. Legislators also need to know more about the economic impact the industry provides, individually and collectively. The relationships built through this fly-in will be invaluable during this session and the years to come.
Expanding our presence before state lawmakers and regulators will be rolled out throughout the country. These events also are an opportunity for those who have yet to attend an American Boating Congress in Washington to get involved in the political process in their state.
Additional details about the Michigan fly-in, including a draft agenda, will be available in the coming days. For more information, please contact NMMA director of state government relations, Libby Yranski at firstname.lastname@example.org or NMMA Great Lakes policy and engagement manager, Jill Sims at email@example.com.
I live in Michigan, do business in Michigan, and actively advocate for recreational boating and recreational marine finance in Michigan (and all over the country). Our legislators here in Michigan know the importance of recreational boating, fishing and total economic impacts. We (Michigan Boating Industries Association, marine businesses and recreational boating associates) communicate with them nearly daily and will continue to formally and informally interact with them all summer long. MBIA staff, directors and members serve on Gubernatorial appointed commissions. Our elected officials and cabinet heads know the stats and all of the issues (including workforce development and invasive species) that involve Michigan and the Great Lakes. Bottom line: just wondering if NMMA is sure that we are part of the "Eco-System" that we so enthusiastically help to support?