Langevin Honored with Hero of Main Street Award

Dec 4, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) will be presented with the Hero of Main Street Award by Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Janet Raymond this Friday. Distributed by the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Hero of Main Street Award recognizes Members of Congress that support the American retail industry, the nation’s largest private sector employer.

“In our technologically advanced society, online shopping is a wonderful option. It is fast, easy and convenient, and has helped many businesses expand their operations and reach customers far outside their geographic area,” Langevin said. “However, convenience should not come at the cost of sustainability of small businesses that lack the resources to compete online. We need to level the playing field and support small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy.”

This year’s inaugural award recipients were recognized by NRF for their support and sponsorship of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which seeks to level the playing field between online and local retailers so sellers and merchants compete fairly in the marketplace.

“We salute a dedicated group of public servants and advocates for their outstanding support of the retail industry,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “These ‘heroes’ have all demonstrated a unique understanding and commitment to policies that will ensure a growing and thriving Main Street.”