WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that  Congressman David G. Valadao, R-Hanford, has been recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” for supporting public policy priorities important to millions of small businesses of the retail industry. The awards were presented as small retailers across the country gathered in Washington for NRF’s Retail Advocates Summit.

“Small businesses are a vital part of the Central Valley’s community and our thriving economy. As a small business owner, I understand the obstacles local businesses face each and every day and am honored to receive this award today from the National Retail Federation,” said Valadao.

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“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, and small business owner himself, David Valadao truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.”

Created by NRF in 2013, the Hero of Main Street award is determined based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. As a recipient of the award, the group says Valadao has supported policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and has worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

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