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 .

New York Institute Given $70M Grant to Develop Clean Manufacturing

Fri Jan 6, 2017

ALBANY, New York — The Rochester Institute of Technology will receive a $70 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a national consortium that will develop new ways for clean energy in manufacturing.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the award for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute after they and Rep. Louise Slaughter pressed for the money in recent months.

The RIT-led consortium aimed at improving manufacturing efficiency and sustainability will include more than 100 research universities, national laboratories and private companies, including Purdue and Yale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Xerox and Caterpillar, lawmakers say. There is the promise of direct jobs, but the goal — much like with the photonics institute — is to create a research hub that attracts companies working in the field.

The money will be allocated over a three-year period and will be matched by RIT itself, the senators say. Slaughter says matching funds would come from the consortium, and be bolstered by private investment.

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz toured the region in October at Schumer's invitation as RIT looks to research and develop ways to reduce emissions and other pollutants in the manufacturing sector.

The project seeks to increase manufacturing sales in the U.S. by 50 percent, aiming to help revive the region and state's once prominent manufacturing industry, advocates say.

Additional Information: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2017/01/03/rit-lands-70m-federal-grant-consortium/96111704/