RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

NERVDA To Host Annual Business Conference

Mon Jun 27, 2016

146704666732523.jpgHudson, Massachusetts - The New England RV Dealers Association will have a major role in the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators annual business conference on Thursday, June 30 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlboro.

The event is titled Connect for Success and will be attended by about 700 superintendents, principals, business development managers and vocational instructors, according to a press release.

During the day-long conference, Bob Zagami, Executive Director of NERVDA, will staff the association display that will feature information, handouts and posters depicting opportunities and the role that the RV industry and campgrounds play in the Massachusetts economy. Zagami also will present an overview presentation on the industry, focusing on education, training and certification programs available for internships or full-time employment with RV dealers throughout Massachusetts and the other New England states.

NERVDA is also sponsoring the event bags that all attendees will receive and an insert in the bag that highlights NERVDA and its dealers. The reverse side of the insert will feature the Economic Impact Study statistics for Massachusetts. At the display booth, posters will be displayed for Massachusetts and National statistics presented in the study, along with a drawing for a $100 Gift Card to Cabela’s.

“This is an important part of our continued outreach throughout New England to bring awareness to career opportunities in our industry that vocational and technical high schools are not aware of right now," NERVDA President Debra DeCosta says. "Similar to our programs at Lincoln Technical Institute, we want to continue a proactive approach to the hiring challenges all dealers and service centers face today as they add staff to meet consumer demands.”

“During our first three years after reorganizing NERVDA we firmly established an association that has brought real value to our members," Zagami adds. "The success of the Boston RV & Camping Expo, consumer events at Cabela’s and technician training programs from many industry resources continue to grow the association. As we enter our fourth year, we will be channeling a lot of our resources into various programs that focus on training programs and events that specifically address the requirements of our Service Managers and technicians. In fact, we hope to add a service manager to our Board of Directors at our annual meeting next month so that their voice will be heard at every meeting and they will have direct input on these various programs. A sub-committee of other service managers will support that Board position to make sure we are meeting their needs in the challenging years ahead as the industry continues to grow.

"The Association will seek similar relationships with technical high school associations in the other five New England states once this event is over. We will have a story to tell other schools that can provide a pool of talented graduates that may want to consider a career in the RV industry.”