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Water Sports Industry Association welcomes Lee Gatts as Director of Government Affairs

The Waters Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced Lee Gatts has joined the organization as its Director of Government Affairs. The WSIA is the towed water sports industry’s leading advocate, committed to preserving the vitality of water sports and activities into the future. Before joining WSIA, Gatts served as Manager of Southeast Policy and Engagement at the National Marine Manufacturers Association ...

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Virginia Governor announces funding for outdoor recreation office

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed last week a two-year budget that will include nearly $245 million for outdoor recreation and Virginia’s world-renowned natural lands – a welcome announcement for the broader outdoor recreation industry, including NMMA and Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which the NMMA is a founding member. The new funding will help significantly expand Virginia’s network of regional trails, Virginia ...

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Bipartisan outdoor recreation bill is introduced

Capitol Hill

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Committee, introduced the Outdoor Recreation Act. This bipartisan legislation would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic growth in rural communities.“West Virginia is home to stunning public lands that bring ...

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NMMA postpones five boat shows, announces new events

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced it is postponing the 2022 Progressive Insurance Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis boat shows to 2023. The postponement of these five shows is the result of thorough analysis, alongside exhibitors and NMMA members, of the unique needs and economics of each region spanning date availability to supply chain disruptions to historically low market-specific ...

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Boating industry celebrates passage of bipartisan infrastructure bill

Many in the the recreational boating industry are applauding the passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – commonly referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) – which includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures, and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. “The passage of this ...

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EU removes retaliatory tariffs on American boats entering Europe

The United States and European Union (EU) announced a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs, resulting in the full removal of the 25% retaliatory tariffs imposed on American-made boats and engines entering the EU. Since the tariffs were implemented in 2018, the NMMA team has dedicated significant attention and resources to resolving this issue. The suspension of the retaliatory tariffs ...

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The future of the show

By Adam Quandt With only a handful of exceptions, the past year has seen one postponement or cancellation after another when it comes to boat shows. However, with an explosion in boating popularity and the world slowly reopening, the recreational marine industry is gearing up to bring boat shows back in full force. But before we look to the future ...

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NMMA names new SVP of government relations

NMMA announced the hire of Tillie Fowler as its new senior vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs. Fowler will officially join the NMMA on August 30 and oversee the Association’s advocacy work at the federal, state, and international levels of government. “I am thrilled to welcome Tillie to the NMMA team. Her extensive policy and legislative experience across ...

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NMMA joins business groups in support of bipartisan infrastructure framework

NMMA and more than 120 manufacturing organizations representing businesses across the nation recently sent a letter urging members of Congress to pass President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal. In addition to NMMA, the letter was signed by National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “A comprehensive and inclusive infrastructure package is critical to ...

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NMMA report indicates continued sales momentum

The NMMA announced continued momentum of boat sales and boating demand propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. New boat sales, which reached a 13-year high in 2020, remain at elevated levels – with sales through March 2021 up 30% compared to the 2020 average; demand is at an all-time high as Americans take to the water in record numbers; and dealers are selling ...

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