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Vice President of Business and Tourism Development: Scott Bowen, Corporate Resources Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President/Executive Director Tourism Development Authority and Jan Parson, Director of Events/Assistant Executive Director Tourism Development Authority
The Business and Tourism Development Committee’s responsibility is to work towards improving the total economy, specifically directed toward commercial, retail and industrial development while supporting agriculture and tourism.
The mission of this committee will be to achieve economic growth for our community through quality of life and business development as well as tourism development.
Projects for 2016 include:
-Revamp the TLC (Think Lenoir County) program encouraging local shopping and purchasing of services
-Continue the Red Carpet Gift Card program that welcomes individuals relocating to our community by presenting them with a welcome gift card package. Invite new businesses to participate and promote this program to HR Managers, realtors and the public.
-Create awareness with Human Resource managers, realtors and the public about the importance of the TLC live locally program. Work with Committee of 100 on an ExecuStay list of available short term homes to be available to HR managers.
– Be the link for the Chamber’s administration of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and VisitKinston.com and the delivery of services as mandated by legislation and the agreement between the TDA and the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce
-Work with TDA in their efforts to continue the development of a Wayfinding project in Lenoir County for tourism destinations plus continue to assist them with hosting media writers from around the country.
-Partner with TDA to offer ongoing Explore Lenoir Bus Tours for community/government leaders, hospitality industry employees and business owners.
-Work closely with Lenoir County Economic Development as opportunities arise -Host the Small Business Awards and Pinnacle of Achievement Awards.
-Continue to co-sponsor workshops and seminars designed to benefit the Chamber memberships in conjunction with the Small Business Center at Lenoir Community College.
When you shop locally, the sales tax dollars from your purchases go back into making our communities greater. Those sales tax dollars help fund our roads, parks, schools, fire departments and more. In Lenoir County, those projects add up to more than $12 million. So shop here, buy here and help us keep Lenoir County great! Read More