• Your Ticket to a Seat at the Legislative Table
Your business is affected by policies and regulations that are written in state legislatures and Congress, so naturally we want to ensure that you have a voice in how those laws are crafted.
For that reason, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is excited to share our new Advocacy Toolkit with the industry in hopes of generating a greater understanding of the importance of government relations engagement and enhancing retailer awareness of how they can tap into our ongoing advocacy efforts. The Toolkit was designed to give marine retailers a baseline understanding of what advocacy and lobbying entail, as well as ways to get engaged with the MRAA and resources for dealers to begin outreach to their elected officials.
To download the Advocacy Toolkit, go to the “Get Involved” section of the MRAA.com website under the “Advocacy” tab.
A major focus of the Toolkit is giving marine retailers the tools they need to reach out to elected officials in their area and set up a tour of their business. Inviting elected officials to dealerships is a great way to build a relationship, allowing them to learn more about your business and pain points, and it provides a glimpse of the economic impact of recreational boating for small businesses and communities alike.
The Toolkit is just one of many new areas of focus for the MRAA Advocacy Team, which also includes onboarding new software to track state and federal legislation and other efforts to further grow the impact of MRAA’s Diamond Ambassador Program. As the 2nd session of the 118th Congress gets underway and state legislatures across the country begin their new 2024 sessions, the MRAA is excited to continue to advocate for marine retailers and recreational boating as a whole.
If you have any questions about the Advocacy Toolkit or want to connect to discuss our advocacy work, please do not hesitate to reach out to Chad Tokowicz, Government Relations Manager, or Mike Sayre, Director of Government Relations.