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MBIA urges boaters to voice their opposition to wind turbines in the Great Lakes

The Michigan Boating Industries Association, along with environmental groups, boating associations, and property owners are urging boaters to raise their voice in opposition of the proposed Icebreaker wind power turbines in Lake Erie. Nicki Polan, executive director of MBIA says: “MBIA is not opposed to alternative sources of energy. But, regarding wind farms in our Great Lakes, we find far ...

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MBIA boosts workforce development awareness with new video

The latest effort by the Michigan Boating Industries Association to bring about marine workforce and career path awareness includes the commissioning of a video visualizing the appealing setting in which many in the marine industry work – on the water. “Like many industries, we’re facing a severe shortage of workers in the marine industry,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. ...

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Michigan Boating Industries Association appoints new officers

The Michigan Boating Industries Association Board appointed Patti Smith of Silver Spray Sports as chair of the MBIA Board of Directors and Andy MacLachlan of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales as vice chair during its April Meeting. Jim Coburn of Coburn and Associates will remain the secretary/treasurer of the association. Smith, formerly vice chair, will fill the position of chair left ...

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MBIA awards grants to members promoting boating

The Michigan Boating Industries Association awarded grants to members throughout Michigan who plan on promoting boating to their communities during Michigan Boating Week, June 9 through June 16. “Part of our mission as an Association is to promote boating, and our members play a critical role in doing so,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “We’re proud to help our ...

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Michigan Clean Marina Program provides certification update

The Michigan Clean Marina Program has announced six Michigan marinas have been named as Certified Clean Marinas. They are: Grand Isle Marina – Grand Haven; Great Lakes Marina – Muskegon; South Haven Northside Marina - South Haven; South Haven Black River Park - South Haven; South Haven Southside Marina - South Haven; and Onekama Marine, Inc. – Onekama. These marinas ...

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Detroit Boat Show opening weekend shows good sales

The Detroit Boat Show opened to an excited crowd of show-goers following a ribbon cutting celebrating the 60th anniversary of the event. The show, covering nearly 500,000 square feet of space at Cobo Center, is the largest show in years and one of the largest Detroit Boat Shows to date. “Exhibitors are reporting increased sales activity, with more leads gained ...

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MBIA will co-host American Boating Congress

The Michigan Boating Industries Association has signed on to co-host the American Boating Congress, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, with the mission to educate U.S. lawmakers about the recreational boating industry. The event will take place May 9-11, 2018 in Washington D.C. MBIA Board and staff members attend ABC each year. Subjects that are top of mind for ...

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Weekly 5: FLIBS plans improvements for 2016

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. FLIBS plans improvements for 2016 Attendees and exhibitors at this fall's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show should see some improvements in display space, food and more, show organizers ...

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