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EDITORS NOTE: 10 • RV PRO • July 2019 rv-pro.com P.O. Box 1416, Broomfield, CO 80038 (800) 669-0424 • (303) 469-0424 FAX (303) 469-5730 • rv-pro.com We Are a Big Deal, Part 2 Bradley Worrell Editor brad@nbm.com B ack in March 2018, I wrote a column titled "We Are a Big Deal" that touted the tremendous impact of the outdoor recreation industry on the U.S. economy, as spelled out in a then-newly released U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report. I emphasized the report's findings that the outdoor recreation industry's annual gross output was pegged at $673 billion – and that the outdoor segment comprises 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). While BEA's findings were impressive, I did note that the RV industry represented just one of several outdoor categories covered by the report, including boating/ fishing, motorcycling/ ATVing, and certain outdoor sports and traveling segments. However, thanks to the recent release of the RV Industry Association-sponsored RVs Move America Economic Impact Study, the RV industry's impact on the U.S. economy is now clearly delineated – and it is impressive. Specif- ically, the study determined that the RV industry had an overall economic impact to the U.S. economy of $114 billion, supporting nearly 600,000 jobs, contributing more than $32 billion in wages, and paying more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. "What the study reveals is that RVs are not just the familiar highway scene of an American summer," RVIA Chairman Garry Enyart said during RVIA's annual June meeting, where the study was released. "Indeed, RVs are the heart of an industry that has become an American juggernaut – a business that has tripled in size since the Great Recession of 2009." During the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., RVIA members shared highlights of the report with members of Congress during visits to Capitol Hill, and legislators seemed genuinely impressed by the findings. Hopefully those legislators will keep those findings in mind when considering any laws that could negatively impact our industry. To read the RVIA report for yourself, visit www.rvsmoveamerica.com; if you want a quick overview of the survey's findings, be sure to check out this month's "By the Numbers" section on page 144. As I said before, "we are a big deal" – and now we have the numbers to prove it. Celebrating 'All in the Family' While the RV industry's economic contribution to the U.S. economy is impressive, as highlighted above, that is just one of many ways to assess its value. With this issue, we also wanted to highlight the many personal connections that bind our industry together and make it family-friendly with our themed "All in the Family" special section. Personally, having worked in a number of other industries before joining RV PRO, I can tell you these kinds of work/ familial bonds are something of a rarity. They strengthen our industry and they are definitely worth celebrating. Many thanks to those volunteered heartfelt and sometimes humorous stories about what it's like to work with spouses, parents, children, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, in-laws and other family members. We hope you find as much enjoyment in reading those accounts as we did in speaking with those who gener- ously shared their stories. As always, thanks for reading. ©2019 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. RV PRO (USPS 024-712) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020.; (303) 469-0424; Fax (303) 469- 5730. 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