AMI and NWWN To Hold Congressional Briefing On Infrastructure and Climate

On February 11, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) will host its first ever House Congressional briefing on infrastructure and climate. AMI is hosting this event in partnership with the National Working Waterfronts Network, a nation-wide network of businesses, industry associations, non-profits, local governments and communities, state and federal agencies, universities, Sea Grant Programs, and individuals dedicated to supporting, preserving and enhancing the nation’s working waterfronts. Members of AMI’s board of directors will present on a multiple topics of importance to marinas.

AMI and the NWWN will highlight the benefits to the economy and the ongoing infrastructure needs for marinas and recreational boating. These businesses rely on an infrastructure network of coastal waterways, rivers and inlets referred to as “blue” infrastructure. Blue infrastructure requires repair, renovation and revitalization after decades of neglect and extreme weather events.

Speakers include: Virginia Representative Robert Wittman; Rick Chapman, AMI board member, president Midwest Marina Association, and general manager – Port of Sunnyside Club, Minnesota; Paul Ewell, dean of University College, Virginia Wesleyan University; Ray Fernandez, AMI board member, Owner-Bridge Marina, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey; and Jimmy Mackey, vice president, Virginia Marine Trades Association.