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 .
Wed Jul 11, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
Last month on Advocacy Day, RV industry executives met with members of Congress and asked them to co-sponsor the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (S.1633 and H.R.3400).
The proposed legislation takes an important first step in simplifying the process for the agencies, companies, and organizations that provide Americans and international tourists safe and enjoyable experiences on public lands, RVIA says.
The legislation seeks to streamline access for all forms of recreation and would provide support for boating, hiking, camping, fishing, biking, hunting, paddling, snowmobiling, climbing, ATVing, skiing and other motorized and non-motorized recreation use.
The bill also fills a much-needed gap for managing public lands close to urban areas and population centers, according to RVIA, and improves how places are managed to ensure the greatest potential for collaboration with local communities and local economies. Specifically, for the RV industry, the bill extends the recreation season to help with campground overcrowding.
RVIA reports that two more members of Congress have signed on to the measure as co-sponsors, including Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). That brings the total number of co-sponsors to five, including Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
RVIA asks those whose representatives have not signed on to the bill to contact their legislators asking them to do so.