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RVIA Sets June 6-9 Committee Week Agenda

March 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Williard InterContinental Hotel, host site for RVIA's Committee Week activities.

The Williard InterContinental Hotel, host site for RVIA's Committee Week activities.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Committee Week 2011 will be held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C,. from June 6 – 9, 2011. During the four-day event, the association’s standing committees, Executive Committee and board of directors will meet to set the association’s agenda for the upcoming fiscal year, according to a news release.

The Go RVing Coalition is also scheduled to meet during Committee Week on Monday, June 6.

Committee Week meetings are open to guest attendance; however, those planning to attend a committee meeting as a non-member should contact the RVIA staff liaison or the committee chairman for information on the guest policy.

In addition to a full slate of committee meetings, other key events taking during the week include:

  • Annual Membership Meeting – The luncheon program on Tuesday, June 7, will include reports on the state of the association from key officials, including RVIA Chairman of the Board Gregg Fore and RVIA President Richard Coon.
  • Capitol Hill Advocacy Day – RVIA members will visit Capitol Hill for RVIA’s Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 8, to increase awareness of the RV industry on the federal level. (Please note that the date is June 8, not June 9 as previously specified in the Winter 2011 print issue of RVIA Today.)
  • Remarks from Richard Curtin – Richard Curtin, director of consumer research at the University of Michigan, will report on the latest RV Consumer Demographic Profile research and provide his outlook for the RV industry for the coming year. The date and time of this presentation is to be determined.

Full details on Committee Week will be mailed to association members in early April. For more information about the event, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 324) or dcashion@rvia.org.

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RVIA Reschedules Board of Directors Meeting

February 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA logoThe Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will hold its next board of directors meeting on April 1 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., the trade group announced in a news release.

The group was originally scheduled to meet on Feb. 11 at the same property; however, that meeting was postponed due to the record-breaking snowstorms that blanketed the Washington, D.C., area that week.

In addition to the board meeting, the RVIA executive committee will meet the day before, on Wednesday, March 31. RVIA will also host an orientation meeting for new RVIA board members at the association’s offices in Reston, Va., on March 30.

RVIA also announced the association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, originally scheduled for Feb. 10, will not be rescheduled as Congress will be in recess.

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7th Annual RVIA Advocacy Day Set for June 10

May 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members will visit U.S. senators, representatives and key legislative staff during the association’s seventh annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, during Committee Week.

“Advocacy Day is vitally important to our efforts to increase awareness of the RV industry on the federal level,” said Jay Landers, senior director of RVIA’s Government Affairs Department, in a news release. “Congressional visits help strengthen relationships between RVIA members and the members of Congress who represent their states and districts. These relationships have proven to be very valuable in recent months as we have been lobbying on many issues to help the RV industry.”

RVIA Government Affairs staff schedule appointments with elected officials, provide briefing materials and accompany members on visits. The program also gives participants the opportunity to have photos taken with congressmen and senators.

Advocacy Day begins with a morning meeting during which RVIA members are briefed on the issues they will be discussing with members of Congress. The briefing includes role-playing exercises that help RVIA members practice discussing key issues before they set out to meet elected officials.

Potential topics for discussions with members of Congress and their staffs include RVIA’s ongoing efforts to:

  •   Secure a possible sales/excise tax deduction for RV trailers.
  •   Suggest modified terms and conditions for Term Asset Backed Loan Facility (TALF) floorplan loans for RVs.
  •   Request that Congress continue to encourage Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) recipients to lend to small businesses and consumers.

In addition, Advocacy Day attendees will give congressional staff an update on the “greening” of the RV industry, including sharing the results of a study that favorably compares the carbon footprint of an RV vacation to flying vacations. 

For more information on RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, contact Jay Landers at (703) 620-6003 ext. 354.

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Annual RVIA Advocacy Day Set for June 10

April 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members will visit U.S. senators, representatives and key legislative staff during the association’s seventh annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, during Committee Week. 

“Advocacy Day is vitally important to our efforts to increase awareness of the RV industry on the federal level,” said Jay Landers, senior director of RVIA’s Government Affairs Department. “Congressional visits help strengthen relationships between RVIA members and the members of Congress who represent their states and districts.”

RVIA Government Affairs staff schedule appointments with elected officials, provide briefing materials and accompany members on visits. The program also gives participants the opportunity to have photos taken with congressmen and senators.

Advocacy Day begins with a morning meeting during which RVIA members are briefed on the issues they will be discussing with members of Congress. The briefing includes role-playing exercises that help RVIA members practice discussing key issues before they set out to meet elected officials.

Potential topics for discussions with Members of Congress and their staffs include RVIA’s ongoing efforts to:

  • Secure a sales/excise tax deduction for RV trailers.
  • Lower the required AAA rating for Term Asset Backed Loan Facility (TALF) floorplan loans.
  • Add RV dealer floorplan loans to the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) loan program and alter the SBA size criteria for RV dealers so that more dealers can qualify as small businesses.
  • Request that Congress continue to encourage Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) recipients to lend to small businesses and consumers.

In addition, advocacy attendees can share with Congressional offices the results of a study that favorably compares the carbon footprint of an RV vacation to other vacations and give congressional staff an update on the “greening” of the RV industry.

For more information on RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, contact Landers at (703) 620-6003 ext. 354.

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