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rv-pro.com May 2021 • RV PRO • 47 committees, including our government affairs committee and state committee. We are constantly working to see what they need and to make sure it aligns with the work we do. As partners, we can talk about what the RV industry needs in terms of infrastructure, what the next five or 10 years look like, and what RV consumers will need. This ensures we don't just fix up places to today's stan- dards, but always look ahead. RV PRO: What accomplishments are you most proud of over the past year? Turner: We developed a collective voice that helped us get the Great American Outdoors Act passed. It is the biggest piece of outdoors and recreation legislation Congress has ever passed, and we achieved that during a pandemic. That's something to be proud of. It shows that the power of our voice and that the power of recreation resonates, even during an exceedingly difficult time. RV PRO: What challenges and opportunities do you see for 2021? Turner: Oddly enough, the great successes we had in 2020 might be a hinderance in 2021. I'm hearing from a lot of groups that the outdoor industry got so much done, it's time to focus on our sector. We've never heard that before. We were never in the sector that people looked to us and asked: 'How did you get all those things?' I hear that now from sectors with much more powerful and bigger lobby shops. They say, 'You just got a big chunk of money.' We need to fight that. We must remind everyone that we didn't get money for a very long time, there's a huge backlog of work, and we drive the economy. When you're talking about the economy and jobs, we must take care of recreation. We saw an uptick in outdoor recre- ation in 2020, but we must work to keep people coming back. RV PRO: What can people expect from ORR in 2021? Turner: 2021 will be a big strategic planning year, both inter- nally and externally. ORR turns three years old this year and had a three-year strategic plan. We will plan out the next three to five years. Because we have a new Administration, we won't see a ton of policy moving. We will keep meeting with new agency members and their teams to make sure they understand outdoor recreation's importance. We already rolled out a Rural Development Toolkit that touches every type of rural development. " We developed a collective voice that helped us get the Great American Outdoors Act passed ... and we achieved that during a pandemic." EMPOWERING WOMEN. Kenda Americana Tire and Wheel is proud to partner with the RV Women's Alliance on the 'Drab to Fab' project supporting women in the RV industry. The Kenda ATW team not only sponsored the tires and wheels for the build, but select team members also participated in the installation of the customized wheel assembly helping with the transformation from drab to fab. Stay tuned for the big reveal in June! Visit AmericanaTire.com to see the wide selection of tires and wheels available for your towable inventory. ©2021 Kenda Tires. All rights reserved.

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