Intro blurb on why be a member
Legislative & Government Relations [link]
No sales tax on boats in Rhode Island is widely considered RIMTA’s signature legislative achievement. Although that regulation was put on the books over 20 years ago, RIMTA’s Legislative Committee is always on watch–keeping lawmakers educated about the marine industry and its impact on the state’s economy so favorable legislation stays in place, and staying abreast of new legislation that can impact the marine trades. Click here [link] to learn more about RIMTA’s legislative initiatives.
Training Funds and Programs [link to Career and Training]
If you work in the Rhode Island marine trades but are not using RIMTA as your partner to develop your workforce, you are missing out on one of the most valuable benefits of RIMTA membership.
Over the past several years, RIMTA Members have had access to over $500,000 in training funds provided by the State of Rhode Island. The funds have been used for training in every aspect of the recreational boating industry –from incumbent worker training, OSHA, entry-level workers and summer youth programs. RIMTA also works closely with area training providers to ensure that the training programs meet the needs of the industry.
Providence Boat Show [link to PBS site]
RIMTA owns and runs the Providence Boat Show, the premiere indoor show in Southern New England. The show is a prime opportunity for those both in and from out of state to learn what Rhode Island offers to boaters, but many out-of-state individuals have already made the Ocean State their boating home: approximately half of the 44,000 registered boaters in Rhode Island live in other states. The 2016 Providence Boat Show will be held February 4-7. RIMTA members receive discounted space.
Marketing and Promoting the Industry and RIMTA Members
Establishing Rhode Island as a worldwide leader in the marine trades is a major strategic objective for RIMTA. These efforts focus on promoting the statewide industry as a whole as well as the initiatives of RIMTA members, increasing awareness among policy makers of the impact and importance of the industry, and informing potential workers about the range of high-paying jobs with good career paths in the marine trades.
Networking [link to Calendar of Events]
RIMTA hosts several networking and membership events each year so you can connect with the rest of the industry. The member meetings are great places to meet, network and get your voice heard.
Shrink Wrap Recycling Program
RIMTA was one of the first in the country to begin a recycling program for shrink-wrap; this program has saved RIMTA member marinas thousands of dollars in landfill tipping fees and helps support a healthier environment. The program recycles an estimated 100,000 pounds (47 football fields) of shrink wrap each year.
As a RIMTA member, you can tap into an easy way to recycle your shrink wrap through our Shrink Wrap Recycling Program. Contact RIMTA to request the number of bags you’ll need to pack your shrink wrap into. Each bag is $10 and we will drop the bags by your location. When the bags are ready to be picked up, contact RIMTA to arrange for a pick-up.
Contact Membership Coordinator Kate Mouligne to take part in the program.
RIMTA works in cooperation with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), and Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) to disseminate and clarify federal and state environmental regulations.
RIMTA is also coordinating with RI Coastal Resources Management Council, the RI Department of Environmental Management, and Save The Bay to develop a Clean Marina Program—a voluntary initiative designed to reward marinas that go beyond regulatory requirements by applying innovative pollution-prevention, best-management practices to their day-to-day operations.