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 .
Fri Apr 7, 2017
On April 3, Representative Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia) visited RVIA headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
She met with RVIA staff and did a Q&A, toured an RV and met the government affairs and leadership teams to discuss the impact of the RV industry on the U.S. economy. She also announced her intention to join the RV Caucus. Comstock is involved in several caucuses, tasks forces and committees; among them, the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She is also Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
When asked what legislation could potentially get through the existing congress, Comstock highlighted several transportation initiatives, including the potential of enacting an infrastructure bill this year, according to a press release by the RVIA. The congresswoman was interested in following up on the idea of including a recreation title in the infrastructure bill. Her experience on the Research and Technology Subcommittee translates to an understanding of the need to modernize broadband infrastructure at national parks.
She also emphasized that while the desire to hit a home run on items like healthcare reform is there, it is more likely that a series of smaller reforms and repeals will take place to accomplish this goal and other legislative changes over time.