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 .
Tue Sep 5, 2017
Elkhart, Ind. — Plans for expanding the RV/MH Hall of Fame include a 60,000-square-foot addition with drop-down, sound-proof walls for the event center, according to Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. Rather than having to share the current space, up to three meetings or activities could be conducted at the same time, each in a 20,000-square-foot area, he explained.
In addition, the new outdoor pavilion would have five doors on each side of the building approximately 14-feet wide and 16-feet tall, which could be used to highlight RVs during a show, Searer said.
Plans are also in the works to convert 7,000 square feet of Ingram Hall in the event center to house the manufactured housing museum. An additional 9,000-square-foot area will be converted to breakout rooms. The remaining 2,000 square feet will remain known as Ingram Hall.
The next step is to find a way to pay for the proposed facility — without going into debt, Searer said. And borrowing the funds is off the table, he added.
This story was originally published in the Goshen News: Click here to read the full story.