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Interior prioritizes recreation access with new Secretarial Order

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a Secretarial Order that will help prevent the sale of public lands important to outdoor recreation, while ensuring that public access be a key consideration in land exchanges. NMMA and its outdoor recreation coalition partners applauded the action, calling the move a big win for the community.   Secretarial Order 3373 ...

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Attendance down for 2019 Northwest Sportshow

he 2019 Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, which closed Sunday, attracted nearly 30,000 attendees eager to kick off spring preparing for the outdoors. Total attendance for 2019 was 29,638, down 8.7 percent from 2018 (32,453). While the spring-like weather Friday and Saturday had an impact on attendance, Thursday and Sunday crowds were heavy and ready to buy, with reports of strong travel ...

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NMMA announces success for inaugural advocacy fly-in

NMMA's first state level fly-in was held in Tallahassee, Fla. this week, serving as a critical component of NMMA’s strategic plan to bolster advocacy efforts in key states and regions. Twenty-five industry representatives participated in the event and met with several legislators and agency officials to discuss water quality, uniform vessel titling, and the state’s infrastructure needs. NMMA members kicked ...

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Congressman Bill Keating visits Imtra Corporation

U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-MA-09) toured Imtra Corporation’s facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, yesterday, where he met with workers and discussed the company’s operations and issues facing the entire marine industry. Factory visits with elected officials are critically important opportunities for highlighting the recreational boating industry and NMMA encourages all members to work with them on scheduling a plant tour. ...

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Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow opens today

Celebrating 87 years, the Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow opens today at the Minneapolis Convention Center and runs through Sunday, March 24. As the region’s largest outdoors event, there will be hundreds of exhibits featuring the newest products for boating, hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling. This year’s sportshow includes Super Thursday, happening this evening, to attract the weekday business crowds. The promotion offers show ...

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Social media influencers bring new reach to NMMA boat shows

Boat and sportshows are embracing a new trend – social media influencers, also known as individuals with a large following on social channels and/or blogs that help influence decisions. According to a recent AdWeek article, 92 percent of consumers trust an influencer they follow more than traditional advertising.  To date, NMMA Boat & Sportshows have partnered with more than 100+ influencers, reaching a ...

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NMMA recaps boat show advocacy tour

The NMMA advocacy team wrapped up their boat show advocacy tour late last month, with briefing events at seven shows that were attended by hundreds of industry stakeholders and key national, state, and local government officials. The tour – titled “Propelling Our Industry Forward” – is part of NMMA’s strategic plan to engage membership and the industry in advocacy and ...

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Senate Committee holds hearing on outdoor recreation infrastructure

This morning, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on improving access, infrastructure, and permitting for outdoor recreation. The National Marine Manufacturers Association applauded the committee’s leadership for convening the hearing, noting that the action shows outdoor recreation remains a key bipartisan priority. Ahead of the hearing, NMMA senior vice president of government relations ...

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NMMA advocacy team continues to grow

NMMA recently announced that Jill Sims, former staffer in Congressman Dave Reichert’s (R-WA-08) office, joined the organization as its newest policy and engagement manager, supporting the association’s advocacy and grassroots activities in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The hire comes as NMMA expands its advocacy footprint at the federal and state levels.   NMMA senior vice president ...

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NMMA’s Thom Dammrich receives WSIA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Watersports Industry Association (WSIA) presented NMMA president Thom Dammrich with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s annual Summit earlier this month. The Lifetime Achievement Award is WSIA's highest honor and recognizes an individual whose career has been dedicated to the progression and promotion of towed water sports.  The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by WSIA's Kevin ...

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