Wed Mar 27, 2019
Author: RV News staff
The inaugural RVX: The RV Experience drew a nice crowd of state and federal politicians, their staff members and business organizations, RVIA reports.
Guests of RVIA’s government affairs team included Utah Gov. Gary Herbert; directors from the entire Utah Congressional Delegation including the offices of Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney and Representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, John Curtis and Ben McAdams; Office of Outdoor Recreation directors and their staff from Colorado, North Carolina, Utah and Wyoming; the California New Motor Vehicle Board executive director; staff from Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General; the Wyoming Business Council and staff from Utah’s Office of Economic Development.
“Policymakers were impressed with what they saw, especially The Reveal,” says Jay Landers, RVIA’s vice president of government affairs. “Seeing RVX and the vast array of member products really helped the policymakers see how the RV industry fits into the bigger outdoor recreation picture. And the size and scope of the list of guests the team brought to RVX reflects the growing stature and professionalism of the government affairs team.”
RVIA says Herbert spent considerable time at RVX-related events. He welcomed dealers to the show during a reception on the evening of March 11 (left in photo), returned to the Salt Palace the next day to get a sneak peak at the exhibit floor, and he also attended The Reveal.
In addition to taking in The Reveal, policymakers from across the country were given tours of the exhibit floor where they got an up-close look at the products being built by the RV industry. RVIA says policymakers were also introduced to senior staff of manufacturers, suppliers and dealers, creating the foundation for relationship building and follow-up on the industry’s key legislative priorities.
“The RV camping industry is a big part of the outdoor recreation economy, supporting millions of jobs and billions in consumer spending,” says Utah Rep. Ben. McAdams. Many Utah families travel our beautiful state and neighboring states in their RV or camping trailer, creating memories that last a lifetime. I appreciate the outdoor recreation industry’s support on bipartisan issues, including the recent landmark public lands bill that helps preserve the beauty of these places for future generations.”