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 .
Tue Jul 19, 2016
DENVER — Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), was recently honored by the Missouri House of Representatives for his legislative work on behalf of the RV and campground industries.
Rep. Don Phillips, R-MO, presented Sims with a House Resolution during a July 8 meeting at City Hall in Kimberling City, Missouri.
The House Resolution, signed by Phillips and Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, honors Sims for his lifetime of work in the RV and campground industries, including his work on behalf of ARVC, Missouri ARVC, the Missouri Travel Council and other groups that promote tourism in Missouri and across the country, including the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.
The House Resolution noted that Sims recently earned the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s National Legislative Award for his key role in working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revise the agency’s RV definition and draw a bright, clear line between park model RVs and manufactured housing. The National Legislative Award honors those who distinguish themselves in legislative matters pertaining to the RV industry.
HUD had previously planned to require porches to be included in the 400 square foot limit on park model RVs, but backed off the proposal after nearly 800 park owners sent approximately 2,700 electronic letters to 335 members of Congress opposing the porch requirement. Park operators and RV industry officials also told Congress that what was really needed was for HUD to clarify the distinctions between park model RVs and manufactured homes.
Sims was ARVC’s point person on the letter writing campaign, which he coordinated with RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
The Missouri House of Representative Resolution and RVIA's National Legislative Award are the latest of many accolades for Sims, 59, who has spent his whole life either running a campground or working on behalf of the campground and RV industries.
Born and raised in Stone County, Missouri, Sims started working at age 10 for his parents, Dean and Vinita Sims, when they opened Compton Ridge Campground near Branson in 1967.
As an adult, Sims helped run Compton Ridge Campground with his parents and siblings, and he soon developed a knack for marketing and government affairs work, which he would use to promote the interest of private campground operators at state, national and international levels.
In 1977, at the tender age of 19, Sims was elected president of the Missouri Campground Owners Association. Sims eventually became chairman of ARVC and served a two-year term in 1997 and 1998, when he became the sixth recipient of The Stan Martin Award, the campground industry’s highest honor.
Sims and his family sold Compton Ridge Campground in 2007. He has been working as ARVC’s director of state relations and program advocacy since January 2011.
“I can honestly say that I have never found a job more rewarding than serving the RV park and campground industry as an ARVC staff member,” Sims says. “I’m proud to be part of the ARVC team.”
Based in Denver, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds. Membership is comprised of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry through development and implementation of legislative, regulatory, educational and promotional programs and activities. ARVC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization. Visit www.arvc.org for more information.