Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) was recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation for his consistent support of legislation important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses.
“Implementing policies that enable our retailers to expand, hire, and obtain the capital to pursue big ideas helps our Main Street businesses thrive and spurs long-term economic growth,” Hice said. “I’m proud that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act jump-started the American economy just as we promised, and I’m confident we've only just begun. I’m honored to receive the Hero of Main Street award from the National Retail Federation and will continue to support and value the role retailers – big and small – play in growing our communities and overall economy.”
“Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As a Hero of Main Street, Congressman Hice truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.”
The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship, and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients have supported policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents 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.