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Congressional Boating Caucus Highlights Workforce Issues on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, September 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: William Higgins
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On September 5th, MRAA, NMMA, and BoatUS hosted several representatives of state marine trades associations including Wendy Mackie if the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Peter Schrappen of Northwest Marine Trade Association, Randall Lyons of the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association, and Susan Zellers of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for the purpose of a Capitol Hill Briefing on the recreational boating industries workforce shortage.

The briefing, attended by numerous congressional staffers focused on the successful efforts of state marine trade associations to institute programs on recruiting and retaining workers in the marine industry.

A major highlight of the panel included the implementation of a for addressing the workforce crisis, “10+1 Strategy: A Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce.” The plan is the result of a yearlong collaborative effort by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. Endorsed by 25 national, regional and state trade associations, “10+1” represents an industry wide business plan in the form of an all-new, instructive document designed to help address the workforce challenges currently facing the marine industry. 

The briefing was held on behalf of the Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry.

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