News

ARVC Outlines REC Act Effort

This article is from our older website archives. Some content may not be formatted or attributed properly. Please Contact Us if you feel it needs to be corrected. Thank you.

Members of the Public Affairs Committee of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (arvc) joined forces with two other industry groups, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), to ask Members of Congress to support the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act (Outdoor REC Act). The act was passed by both houses of Congress by unanimous and bipartisan votes in November.

The Outdoor REC Act directs the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States and the effects attributable to this segment of the economy on the overall economy of the United States. The Act was passed by the United States House of Representatives on Monday, November 14 and by the United States Senate on Monday, November 28.

Members of arvc’s Public Affairs Committee and their coalition partners from RVIA and RVDA traveled to Capitol Hill this past summer to ask members of Congress for their support of the bill, which was introduced a year ago by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH and Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO. The Outdoor REC Act is expected to be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the year.

In the U.S., the outdoor recreation economy is a major driver of job creation and growth. However, unlike other major sectors in the U.S. economy, the federal government currently does not track the contributions of the outdoor recreation sector to economic growth. The data gained through the newly-authorized assessment and analysis will be crucial to help quantify the economic importance of outdoor recreation and to help inform the decisions that affect businesses and millions of RVers who recreate outside each year. It will also provide tools elected officials can use to make more informed policy decisions and to gain a better understanding of the role the outdoor industry has on the nation’s overall economic health.

Al Johnson, arvc Public Affairs Chairman stated, “It is imperative for arvc to work with our industry partners and present a unified voice to our lawmakers on legislation like this that will quantify the RV park and campground industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. This bill provides the way for outdoor recreation to receive the consideration it deserves in Congress.” 

Related Articles

Back to top button