ABC Set for May 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Posted by: Larry Innis
The American Boating
Congress (ABC) is the industry's annual legislative
conference that brings recreational boating leaders to our nation's
capital to formulate public policy and present a unified front on issues that
impact the health and profitability of marine businesses. This year, 38 organizations are endorsing ABC as
co-hosts - including the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) - summoning
an excellent cross-section of boating industry support for the event.
Attending ABC gives marine
businesses an opportunity to learn how to grow in the current
challenging economy; understand the status of key federal legislation
concerning the marine industry; realize legislative and regulatory trends that
impact business; and network with other leaders across all segments of the
The key conference day is
Wednesday, May 7. The morning kicks off with a number of guest Congressional
speakers and an industry panel discussion, leading up to an afternoon of Hill
visits. May 5 and 6 are primarily reserved for board and committee meetings.
MRAA and the Young Leaders
Advisory Council (YLAC) will each hold Board of Directors meetings as part of
the event. Members of both boards will walk the halls of Capitol Hill May 7,
visiting the offices of their state delegations to discuss their businesses and
the local economy, as well as key issues important to boat dealers, marina
operators and boatyards.
MRAA encourages its members to attend ABC and participate
in the Hill visits.
MRAA has identified six
issues that it considers high priority at this year's ABC. We created six "leave-behinds” that
outline these issues and their relevance to/potential impact on marine
retailers. MRAA asks that you review this material. Copies of these
leave-behinds will be made
available to all marine retailers and state
marine trades associations at ABC.
For more information on attending ABC, click here.
We look forward to seeing
you in Washington next month!