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 .
Thu Jun 1, 2017
The following column by RVIA Chairman of the Board Bob Parish appeared in the RVIA Today Spring Newsletter. He spoke about the annual committee week, scheduled to begin Sunday, June 4 in Washington, D.C.
"As I write this, first quarter RV shipments are hot off the press and judging from the numbers, we're off to a strong stark surpassing last year's same period shipments and setting an all-time record for the month of March. Looking ahead, the RV market is expected to continue tracking upward in 2017, albeit at a more moderated pace, with shipments predicted to jump 3.5 percent and reach 445,700 units by year end.
But numbers aren't the only indicator of a robust industry. Your organization has been hard at work promoting, protecting and educating the RV industry on multiple fronts in order to help it reach even greater heights.
While you'll read more about our activities in this issue, here's a dashboard view of progress during the opening stretch of the year:
Moving the Needle on Safety & Standards: Helping members stay up to speed on the latest safety, standards and code requirements is a big job. RVIA hosted several seminars and meetings to review the most recent rules, regulations and code changes that affect the RV industry and reached agreement on RV standards that will go into effect June 1, with mandatory enforcement Sept. 1. Next step: in-field training and education.
Ramping Up Advocacy: Our great outdoors became a unifying force as RVIA and other members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable recently joined officials from the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to discuss how to improve the visitor experiences on America's public land and waters. Our collaborative efforts are bringing to life Henry Ford's well-spoken words: 'Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.'
Powering the RV Lifestyle: From Go RVing's accelerated marketing efforts, including experiential events and advertising, to influential media coverage and new surveys to understand why people RV, all systems are go as the team heavily promotes the benefits of RV ownership to wider and more diverse audiences.
Meanwhile, RVIA is preparing for our annual Committee Week, taking Place June 4-8 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. This is our opportunity to come together to prioritize our areas of strategic focus and shape the future of the RV industry.
Advocacy Day is a key part of the week's events as we head to Capitol Hill to drive home the importance of the RV industry and its annual $50 billion contribution to the U.S. economy to Members of Congress. This year, it is more important than ever to get in front of the new Congress and the Trump Administration during the vital six-month window of time when national policies affecting the next four years are written and policy agendas are outlined.
Your participation, talent and expertise are imperative to the long-term success of the association and I personally encourage you to come to D.C. and make your voice heard, both in committee meetings and in offices on Capitol Hill.
RVIA is continuing its process of self-examination to align the entire organization around strategic priorities that allow us to achieve our mission. We know that while we're speeding along the highway of growth, we must watch for stress points that could impact the journey. And that's just what we'll do during Committee Week. We'll take time to review where we've been and get clear directions for where we're headed. We'll draft the roadmap for our future and beyond.
I look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C."