(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), July 22, 2016 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Scott County will receive a $48,707 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. These grants are used to assist counties and cities in improving local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism.
“There is no place in the U.S. that has more to offer tourists than Scott County,” said Senator Yager. “The beauty of this county is unsurpassed and we offer adventurers a host of activities, not to speak of the unique businesses and culture located here. There is a lot of potential to bring in more tourism that will boost our economy and I am very pleased that these funds will help in these efforts. I also congratulate our local officials, industrial board and the Chamber for their leadership and role in securing this grant.”
Tourism Enhancement Grants are jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Commission. An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 61 grant applications.