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 .

AccessParks Works to Bring Wi-Fi to National Parks

Fri Sep 1, 2017

150428016646468.jpgAccessParks — American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) newest Contributing Member — is partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) to bring high-speed internet access to national parks.

According to a press release from ARC, since 2008, AccessParks has been building and managing commercial-grade, high-speed wireless networks on federal lands in some of the most remote locations on earth. Through public-private partnerships, AccessPark has built scalable, rapidly deployable, modular internet delivery for U.S. military bases and for FBI and Department of Homeland Security sites at no cost to the government and actually yielding a sustained revenue stream, according to the press release. These systems are now in use today at most U.S. military facilities across the globe. Now, AccessParks CEO Tim Rout and his team are looking to bring connectivity to America’s national parks through the company’s SmartParks program, going beyond just connectivity to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to federal lands.

AccessParks’ first NPS unit, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, was launched in May and brings gigabit internet services to campgrounds, RV parks and marinas. AccessParks reports user feedback has been positive, and the company is now in talks with concessioners in other parks to help bring 21st century internet technology to more of America’s public lands and waters, with the goal of delivering high-speed Wi-Fi and IoT benefits to an entire NPS region.

Rout has shared his ideas with top government officials and other potential partners — meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke alongside the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable in July — and has presented at two Partners Outdoors conferences — 2015 and 2017 — where he spoke about embracing innovation, modernizing infrastructure and creating more enjoyable recreational experiences for all visitors to federal lands.

"We welcome this visionary company to ARC membership,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall. “We look forward to working with Tim and his forward-thinking team to provide outstanding recreational experiences on America's public lands and waters."