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Indiana wakesurfing bill supported by waterspouts industry advances

Indiana’s Senate Bill 187 (SB 187), introduced by Senator Susan Glick (R-13), passed in the Indiana Senate with a vote of 40-6. SB 187 has the broad support of the recreational boating industry, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA). SB187 is sensible legislation that will establish ...

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MRAA Dealer Certification program launches 2022 education

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The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program has released its 2022 Continuous Certification curriculum. For 2022, Certified Dealers will be earning credits for four courses. The first, launched January 12, is “The Key Performance Indicators of a Profitable Dealership” by Bob Clements and Sara Hey of Bob Clements International. The second course, coming in April, is “The Five Red Flags that ...

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MRAA donates $100,000 for workforce development

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, as part of its ongoing effort to fuel solutions for the marine industry’s top challenge — workforce shortages — donated $100,000 to the MRAA Educational Foundation, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide education, scholarships and programs to develop a stronger marine industry workforce. When the association battled through a significant ...

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Dealer Week Online begins today

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Dealer Week Online begins today and runs through January 13. Dealers who attended the in-person conference in Austin will also be able to access the online event as part of their registration, and those who were unable to attend can register for online-only attendance at DealerWeek.com. More than 520 dealership personnel from across North America attended the Marine Retailers Association ...

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MRAA names new director of workforce & foundation development

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has hired Wendy Mackie as its Director of Workforce and Foundation Development, appointing her in the lead role in operating the MRAA Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine industry. Mackie brings to the MRAA a long history of ...

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MRAA and partners launch certified pre-owned boat program

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced the launch of the MRAA Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program, backed by industry partners Boat History Report and Titan Certified. Over the past two years, the MRAA consulted with marine industry dealers, manufacturers and suppliers across the United States and Canada to create the MRAA Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program and help dealers capitalize ...

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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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife expands recreation opportunities on managed lands and waters

The Department of the Interior announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has opened new or expanded hunting, boating and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history. The increased recreational access, which covers 88 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery, is consistent with the Biden-Harris administration’s America ...

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Washington State Marine Excise Tax reflects industry input

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Last week, the Washington State Department of Revenue held a hearing to finalize the watercraft excise tax depreciation schedule. The Department of Revenue proposed a final rule which reflected input from stakeholders in the marine industry and placed less of a financial burden on boat owners than the originally proposed excise tax schedule. In June, MRAA joined regional and national ...

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MRAA, Dealer Profit Services release ‘Guide to Creating a Compliance Process’

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, in partnership with Dealer Profit Services, recently launched a new resource for dealers looking to create a compliance process. The “Guide to Creating a Compliance Process” is a 30-plus page publication to ensure that marine retailers have the information, tools and processes in place to protect their businesses, team and customers. “While we ...

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