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 .

National Park Service Turns 100 Years Old

Thu Aug 25, 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 years old on Thursday, and there are celebrations and commemorations being held throughout the nation. The parks and monuments have justifiably been called “the crown jewels” of America, and so it seems appropriate that the nation celebrate “the best idea America ever had.”

The idea to create national parks has been credited to artist George Catlin. In 1832, as he traveled the Great Plains, Catlin recognized the loss of wildlife and wilderness in the vast land might never be reclaimed. He envisioned areas set aside, “by some great protecting policy of government, in a magnificent park, a nation’s park, containing man and beast, in all the wild and freshness of their nature’s beauty.” Although it would take decades for this idea to grow, ultimately people began to develop an appreciation for preserving spectacular natural areas.

Although Yellowstone would become the first National Park, the first land actually set aside for protection in the United States was Yosemite Valley, surrounded by the high granite summits “Half Dome” and “El Capitan.” In 1864, Sen. John Conness of California introduced legislation to transfer this federally owned land to the state of California, so it might “be used and preserved for the benefit of mankind.” The act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, with the provision that the land “be held for public use, resort and recreation, inalienable for all time.”

Additional Information: http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/08/24/national-park-service-turns-shiloh-celebrates/89231932/