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McCREARY COUNTY TOURISM EFFORTS MOVE FORWARD WITH GRANT, TRAIL TOWN
posted 03/08/2013 by wkcarroll@highland.net

Just a few weeks into her new job, McCreary County Tourism Director Tara Chaney already has some major projects for which she is responsible. County officials received word last week of the approval of a $10,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will be used locally to help assess existing tourism related businesses, develop models for potential tourism businesses, and help develop a marketing plan for the Trail Town project which is well underway. The Trail Town program is identifying various trails in the region as well as trying to connect trails with businesses and other attractions to boost tourism. A Trail Town meeting is set for next Tuesday March 12th at 10:30am at the train depot in downtown historic Stearns with anyone interested in getting involved in the project being invited to attend. Some of the committees working the project include a merchant group which is helping businesses with resources needed to reach the tourist market; a trail committee looking at ways to connect trails to town; a signage committee working on signage for trails and to direct visitors; a funding and public relations committee; and a volunteer committee to help establish a base of volunteers in the community for various efforts including trail maintenance. For additional information on the Trail Town project or the meeting next Tuesday contact McCreary County Tourism Director Tara Chaney at 376-3008 or e-mailtara@mccrearycounty.com.

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