RVIA and Other Outdoor Recreation Groups Form Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable
RVIA, along with leaders of the top outdoor recreation trade associations, made an unprecedented move to join forces in creating the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR). The new group is working together strategically for the benefit of American outdoor recreation as a whole.
In support of this goal, RVIA and other ORIR members have met with and will continue to engage key Members of Congress, federal agencies, and transition team officials to discuss Roundtable priorities. In November, the Roundtable sent letters to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the leader of the Trump transition team, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan requesting meetings and outlining the strategic efforts the Roundtable will pursue on behalf of the outdoor recreation industry. Read the letters here: Pence Letter; McConnell Letter; Ryan Letter.
The Roundtable comprises America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations. Collectively, Roundtable members represent the thousands of U.S. businesses that produce and provide equipment, gear, apparel, vehicles and services for the 142 million Americans who enjoy our nation’s parks, waterways, and byways. The coalition spans outdoor recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, camping, archery, shooting sports, trail sports, snow sports and powersports, and includes the various recreational vehicles, outdoor equipment, and clothing used to pursue these activities. ORIR is dedicated to ensuring the primary drivers of the outdoor recreation economy across the U.S. are recognized, bolstering sustainable domestic jobs, changing the mindset of federal agencies so recreational access and enhancements to the visitor experience are prioritized, removing barriers that prevent private investment from being made on public lands and waters, and enacting the necessary policy reforms and federal agency coordination that will enable the outdoor recreation economy to reach its full potential.
Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States. Combined, the outdoor recreation industry generates $646 billion per year in economic activity and provides an estimated 6.1 million direct jobs.
“One of the primary goals of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable is to drive a business-led agenda for recreation and to work directly with the new Trump Administration and Congress,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “It is more important now than ever to invest in America's booming outdoor recreation economy and no one is better positioned to identify ways to drive growth than the actual businesses that serve the lifestyle and create the jobs.”
RVIA, along with Roundtable partners, have shared several white papers that address important areas of focus for maintaining a healthy outdoor recreation economy, including issues like campground modernization. All of the white papers and more information about ORIR can be found at www.rvia.org/ORIR.
In addition to RVIA, the Roundtable includes the following associations: American Horse Council, American Recreation Coalition, American Sportfishing Association, Archery Trade Association, BoatU.S., International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, Motorcycle Industry Council, Outdoor Industry Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Park Hospitality Association, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association, and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America.
To learn more, contact Chris Bornemann, RVIA’s senior manager of government affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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