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 Nov 21, 2017
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Bridging Freedom, a new sanctuary in Tampa Bay area for survivors of child sex trafficking, announced it has received a major gift of $350,000 from the Lazydays Employee Foundation. The money will be put toward the construction of a four bedroom "gateway home," which will be named Lazydays House. Lazydays is the second home sponsor for the complex, and Lazydays House will serve as the intake home for girls rescued from sex trafficking.
"This exceptionally generous gift pays for one of the most important components of Bridging Freedom's therapeutic campus," says Bridging Freedom board chairman and Pasco County Sheriff Corporal Alan Wilkett. "The gateway home will be the first step in a long transitioning process that will help restore the stolen childhoods to these young survivors."
Speaking on behalf of the employees of Lazydays RV, headquartered near Tampa, Joe Myers, the foundation's President, says the gift reflects the employees' wish to help the neediest of children in our community, for whom they have raised more than $1 million. "This is a contribution from Lazydays' employees and our supporters to one of the most vulnerable parts of our community," Myers says. "We are thrilled to be able to do something that will change lives for the better."
Construction of infrastructure at the campus site began in 2016, and construction of the foundation for an eight-bedroom residential home funded by Sykes Enterprises began earlier this month. Construction of the Lazydays House is expected to begin in December. Five more homes are planned for the campus, and Bridging Freedom is seeking sponsors for those buildings.
Bridging Freedom's mission is to combat sex-trafficking of minors by bringing restoration to those rescued and to help prevent new victims by helping to increase awareness and understanding of these horrendous crimes. A therapeutic safe home campus is vital to provide long-term, comprehensive care to these victims in a secure environment.