Tourism conemplates best use of two existing facilities
by Alan Reed
Nov 21, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission reported on a visit to Bardstown earlier in the month. The objective of the visit was to study that city’s model to unify tourism, economic development, the Chamber of Commerce and a Renaissance Program under a single “umbrella” organization and combine efforts to promote the town.

“I don’t think it would be feasible to unite as one single entity,” said Tourism Commission Chairman John Rufli. “We think we can find a more coordinated approach between the efforts of the different committees. Bardstown was very accommodating towards us and willing to share information.”

Rufli added that the Nelson County groups enjoyed the advantage of working from the old county courthouse, with a new judicial center opening in another part of town. “The four organizations still have their own boards and a director but work with an executive director.” He said that the groups enjoy additional funding from the city and county, to the tune of $50,000 from each entity, garnered through a restaurant tax.

“They have the Old Kentucky Home and other historical areas, but we think we can change their model and adapt it to work here,” said Judge/Executive Stan Humphries.

Tourism Executive Director Bill Stevens said that despite having no physical building in place, he believed that the committees in Trigg County could improve coordination.

Committee Member John Bryant asked about using the existing Trigg County Senior Center once that operation moved to its new facility in Eastern Cadiz.

Humphries said that while he liked the idea of a downtown location, he believed that the Tourism Commission’s facility near I-24 also provided an asset useful to attracting visitors.

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