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 .

Midwest Outdoor Expo Begins March 24

Tue Feb 21, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - The largest outdoor expo is coming to the Circle City and has 'Family Friendly' written all over it. It will be held March 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium and will feature hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest showcasing outdoor lifestyle services, gear, accessories, food and much more.

The Midwest Outdoor Expo is debuting in Indianapolis this year by bringing together more than 30,000 outdoor enthusiasts, young and old alike, under one roof. The event prides itself on having a wide range of exhibits, speakers, entertainers and attractions fit for all ages. It's not every day you'll come across an expo where you can learn how to fit your family into a Tiny Home, watch your kids enjoy running through an inflatable park, hop on a hot air balloon ride with your children and watch magicians perform throughout the day.

The show will welcome Silly Safaris LIVE animals shows, where funologists use a variety of reptiles, mammals, birds and bugs for a fun, educational experience involving the entire audience with a memorable way of teaching the natural world. Willing Hands Designs will cover three locations of face painting. The following mascots will also join in on the family fun: Freddy Fever, Colt's Blue, Pacer's Boomer and Indy 11's Zeke.

The Kids Zone will feature the following: music, balloons, magic show, zip line, stunt jump, rock wall, fire truck combo and 70-foot obstacle course inflatables, basketball hoops, selfie booth, slack wire walking, outdoor ice rink, fun house mirrors, high striker, leaps'n bounds, tug and dunk, drone zone, soccer goal and bungee trampoline.

The Expo spans three days and is a mingling of ages and interests with the purpose of showcasing all the greatest outdoor lifestyles – from a Vintage RV Showcase to the biggest Midwest Tiny Home Exhibit and alternative housing, including Yurts, to a variety of seminars all with the purpose of educating, connecting and inspiring. The very heartbeat of the concept behind the event is to connect the outdoor community.

Admission is $14 for adults, $5 ages 4-15, free for children 3 and under.

Midwest Outdoor Expo Hours:

Friday, March 24: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (First Responders Day)
Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Veterans Day)
Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Family Day)