WASHINGTON, DC – The National Retail Federation (NRF) today (5/24) announced it has awarded Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, with its 2016 “Hero of Main Street” Award for his support of policies to grow and strengthen the retail sector of the economy.
“Congressman Crenshaw has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “He is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”
Congressman Crenshaw said, “The retail industry in Florida and across the nation plays a central role in creating jobs and growing the economy and deserves policy support from Congress to help it grow and thrive. Common-sense policies that cut taxes, boost international trade, and eliminate and trim burdensome red tape are reliable tools that will produce positive results and have my support today and tomorrow.”
The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com