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 .

Indiana School Building Wing for RV Industry Participation

Thu Jul 20, 2017

DUNLAP, Ind. — A proposed $10 million construction project for an addition of a wing to the building at Concord High School was presented before the Concord Community Schools board members Monday.

The need to alleviate space for overcrowding has become crucial with the student count at about 1,700 at the high school and the building with completed additions was built for a maximum of 1,200 students, Superintendent John Trout said according to a story by The Goshen News.

A wing would be built to the west of the high school that coincides with removal of a portion of the transportation and maintenance building that houses the current engineering/technology education space with two classrooms and a shop area for students. As part of the interior renovations, two wide hallways will be created out of courtyard areas to reduce congestion, said.

This addition would allow opportunities for students to gain skills in demand by having spaces, including dirty labs and clean labs for engineering and technology classes. Through participation in the Horizon Education Alliance business roundtable, discussions about using equipment like robotic welder, recreational vehicles, CAD drawings and 3D printers have taken place for the dirty and clean lab spaces, Trout said.

“An RV could be pulled inside the dirty lab for students to learn skills used in the RV industry in Elkhart County,” Trout said. “Twenty-five percent of adults in Elkhart County have an associate degree or more. By the time 2018 rolls around, 75 percent of the jobs in Elkhart County will need two or more years of college.”