State of the Industry Results
American Boating Congress

The American Boating Congress is a comprehensive legislative conference that brings together recreational boating industry leaders to formulate public policy and present a unified front on issues that impact marine businesses. For more information.

IBEX Show Dates

Learn first hand what all the leading marine companies are doing, not just your partners. Knowledge is power.

IBEX is three days of solid data gathering to educate yourself and your staff. And you’ll learn about upcoming regulatory requirements and new emerging technologies that are being premiered at IBEX.

What % of your business is based on new products? The numbers might surprise you. AT IBEX you’ll discover new products AND more than 60 companies who are NEW to the marine industry and exhibiting for the very first time this year. Use the MyIBEX tool on our web site to reach out and make appointments now.

IBEX is a great opportunity to gain quality face time with your valued customers, suppliers and partners in an unrushed business to business trade show environment. Reinforce existing business relationships and forge new ones.

Register for your free exhibit hall badge and the industry breakfast PLUS all the rest at at

IBEX. It’s Where the Business of Boating Gets Done. 

IBEX 2015 September 15-17, 2015
IBEX 2016 September 27-29, 2016
IBEX 2017 September 12-14, 2017
IBEX 2018 October 2-4,2018
IBEX 2019 September 17-19, 2019
IBEX 2020 September 15-17, 2020


NMDA Asks EPA to Withdraw its “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal

NMDA  has joined with 375 trade associations and chambers from 50 states representing a wide range of industries to voice strong concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flawed proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S. and called for the proposal to be withdrawn. The effort was led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

As the groups’ comments state, “The proposed rule is really about the Agencies’ overreaching attempt to replace longstanding state and local control of land uses near water with centralized federal control. In light of the overwhelming evidence that the proposed rule would have a devastating impact on businesses, states, and local governments without any real benefit to water quality, the Agencies should immediately withdraw the waters of the U.S. proposal and begin again. The current proposed rule is simply too procedurally and legally flawed to repair.”

The comments detail several examples of the impacts of the proposed rule, including:

  • Maps prepared by EPA show the rule could expand federal jurisdiction over waters from 3.5 million river and stream miles to well over 8 million river and stream miles;
  • The rule would make most ditches into “tributaries.”  Routine maintenance activities in ditches and on-site ponds and impoundments could trigger permits that can cost $100,000 or more;
  • These permitting requirements would likely trigger additional environmental reviews that would add years to the completion time for ordinary projects;
  • Even if a project can get a permit, firms will often have to agree to mitigate environmental “damage” with costly restoration/mitigation projects;
  • The proposal would likely also result in more stringent storm water management requirements, which would affect retailers, companies with large parking lots, “big box” stores, etc.
How to Prepare for the new NLRB Union Election Rule
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a new rule that will shorten the timeline for union elections. While CDW and other groups oppose this change and will work to litigate it, members should be prepared to deal with it. (The rule will take effect on April 14, 2015.) The National Law Review has provided an excellent overview of steps employers can and should take before the April implementation date.  Click here for more information.


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