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 .

Web Exclusive: DOI Confirms Hiring May, But Not as 'Recreation Czar'

Wed Nov 8, 2017
Author: David Rozansky

151017438363779.jpgHeather Swift, DOI spokesperson, provided the confirmation by email. She says, "U.S. Navy Capt. (SEAL) Rick May recently joined the Department of the Interior as senior adviser to the Secretary of the Interior. He will oversee recreational activities on public lands, with the aim of creating access and opportunities. Mr. May is a decorated veteran who served in the Iraq War. Since his departure from active duty in 2010, he has worked with wounded Veterans in various types of recreational activities, helping them to reintegrate back into mainstream America. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and he also holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management."

The news of May's appointment was first reported by E&E News Tuesday. The story says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was speaking at an event honoring the 11,000 veterans who work for the Interior Department when he announced that he had hired former special operators Mike Argo as his deputy chief of staff and May to oversee the agency's efforts to improve recreational opportunities on public lands.

According E&E News, Zinke announced hiring May at the event. Zinke reportedly said, "We used to have a Bureau of Recreation — we're bringing recreation back. So I've hired a former Navy SEAL captain to evaluate our public lands and look at the recreation opportunities, so the American public can enjoy our lands."

The story at E&E News carried the headline, "Zinke hires former Navy SEALs as recreation czar, deputy chief."

Monika Geraci, senior manager of strategic policy communications at RVIA, says she picked up the term "Recreation Czar" from the E&E News story used it in a headline of an RVIA press release that applauded Zinke's creation of a recreation advisory committee, unrelated to the appointment of Argo and May, but which included a short sentence about May's appointment. Various media outlets in the RV industry ran the RVIA press release, and some picked up on the phrase of "Recreation Czar."

Swift says, "Regarding the E&E article, 'recreation czar' was their terminology, not ours."

Swift also confirmed Argo has been appointed DOI deputy chief of staff for operations.