Hero of Main Street
"Retailers make a vital contribution to Idaho's economy and provide important services meeting the needs of our citizens" Simpson said. "I am honored to receive the 'Hero of Main Street' award for my work in Congress promoting a healthy economy and protecting jobs. I will continue to work non-stop to push back government interference on businesses, allowing them to make decisions that best contribute to economic growth and improve the livelihoods of citizens and communities throughout Idaho."
"Simpson 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. "Simpson 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."
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