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 .
Fri May 3, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer has released a statement encouraging participation in RVs Move America Week June 2-6 in Washington, D.C. He also emphasizes the importance of advocacy.
“Although the RV Industry Association pursues its advocacy agenda 365 days a year, the advocacy events surrounding RVs Move America Week are the appointed time during which this agenda becomes our singular focus,” Hugelmeyer says. “Our Government Affairs team brings members from across the RV industry to Capitol Hill and federal agencies to engage policy-makers so that we can create a favorable business environment, protect against onerous legislation and regulations and to make it easier for consumers to buy, drive and own an RV.”
Hugelmeyer says Advocacy Day has been a staple of Committee Week for nearly two decades and has become so successful that RVIA has expanded it further into RVs Move America Week so that participants can meet with more members of Congress and policymakers from key federal agencies.
Hugelmeyer cites these results from last year’s meetings:
• More cosponsors and support for the National Park Restoration Act (S.2509 or H.R.5210) and the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (S.1633 and H.R. 3400)
• Increased trust and confidence between the RV industry and NHTSA
• Interest from the Office of the Vice President on the inclusion of a “Recreation Title” in any infrastructure package
• Recruited seven new RV caucus members.
Highlights of this year’s schedule include:
• The release of the updated “RVs Move America Economic Impact Study” on Capitol Hill where attendees will hear from members of the House RV Caucus
• An expanded schedule of Capitol Hill and federal agency meetings that begins Tuesday afternoon and continues through Wednesday
• A special two-hour meeting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will include discussions on key RV industry issues, as well as an opportunity to meet with a range of NHTSA officials
• Breakout issue trainings led by experts for each of the policy areas being discussed on Capitol Hill
• Expanded meetings with key agencies including the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Trade Representative.
The advocacy events will be capped off with the 6th Annual RV Caucus Reception on the Hill, which will give you an opportunity to engage with fellow industry leaders and to meet with members of the RV Caucus.
To register, click here.