Founded in 1964, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association represents all aspects of the marine industry. Our membership companies and organizations are dedicated to the growth in recreational boating and the creation of jobs for our industry in an environmentally friendly, safe and responsible way. Read more about RIMTA, including our accomplishments.
RIMTA Vision: Position Rhode Island as a worldwide leader in the marine industry.
RIMTA Mission: Growing the Rhode Island Marine Industry through advocacy, education, and promotion.
Advocacy and the RIMTA Political Action Committee: RIMTA is your watchdog during the legislative session to ensure our industry is not unfairly regulated and to ensure the taxes we worked so hard to repeal are not reinstated. Please consider making a donation to the RIMTA PAC today.
If you are a member of the Rhode Island marine trades but are not using RIMTA as your partner to develop the workforce you need to fuel your business, you are missing out on one of the most valuable benefits of RIMTA membership. Click above for an article on workforce-development programs and funding opportunities. You will also find a link to a “Guide to RIMTA Programs and State Funding Sources” at the end of the article, with contact information and more details.
On April 8, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted the head of the federal Economic Development Administration, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, on a day-long tour through the Ocean State—and the Rhode Island composites industry was the focal point of their first stop.
It’s no secret in the boating industry that many countries do a better job than the United States at utilizing apprenticeships to train their workforce. The Obama administration has come to the same conclusion and has set a new, nationwide goal: to double the number of apprentices in the United States within a five-year span. Build your workforce by participating in a federal grant opportunity to fund more apprenticeships in the R.I. marine trades. The deadline to participate is April 1, 2015. Click on the headline above to learn more.
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 has an ongoing job: to keep lawmakers educated about the marine trades so favorable legislation stays in place, and to watch for new legislation that can impact the industry. Read about how RIMTA advocates for a business climate that supports the marine trades in Rhode Island.