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 4, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
Liberty Outdoors Worldwide LLC is taking a stand against human trafficking by partnering with DeliverFund, a non-profit founded and run by former special operations forces including Pararescue, SEALs, U.S. military special forces, and veterans of the CIA and NSA.
The manufacturer and distributor of Little Guy Trailers is using their social media presence to educate dealers and consumers on how to identify and stop human traffickers through its 'RVers: We are the Eyes Of America' Campaign.
The Liberty Outdoors and DeliverFund campaign will be a mix of fundraising and education, including written material in every Liberty Outdoors travel trailer sold; video creation and distribution through the Liberty Outdoors online platforms; dealer incentives for participation; information distributed at RV shows and calls-to-action throughout the year to bring awareness and funding to DeliverFund.
"As a family-owned company, we can’t think of a more important mission to support than one that protects children. With millions of people RVing across America, we know that the RV community has the potential to be a driving force in the fight against human trafficking," says Liberty Outdoors co-founder and managing director Joe Kicos.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states with the highest volume of those effected being school-age youth, particularly those with challenging family conditions. Victims are targeted primarily through social media. The International Labor Organization estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
"I grew up RVing and have family that works in the industry," says Nic McKinley, founder of DeliverFund, "So I know well the amazing people who are part of the RV community. When equipped with the information on what to look for as they travel the country, RVers can be the eyes of the American by-ways and literally save lives."
Nic spent 11 years in Air Force Pararescue before being recruited into the CIA. During his time in both special and intelligence operations, he witnessed the epidemic of child trafficking and with his specialized training decided to do something about it.
"I spend more than 100 days a year traveling the country, meeting RVers from every walk of life," says Chris Baum, chief branding officer of Liberty Outdoors. "The one common thread is a sense of community - having each other’s back. We know that when the millions of RVers in America learn what they can do to identify human trafficking in their travels, we will create a wave of action. This is a departure from traditional charitable partnerships in our industry but something that all of us at Liberty Outdoors agree will make the biggest impact with our time and resources. ‘RVers: We Are Eyes of America’ is an opportunity for anyone involved to truly make a difference with their lives."
For more on "RVers: We Are the Eyes of America" campaign, visit GoLibertyOutdoors.com
For more on DeliverFund, visit DeliverFund.org
Additional Information: www.DeliverFund.org