(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), July 20, 2016 – Local State Senator Rusty Crowe and Representative John Holsclaw announced today that Unicoi County will receive a $20,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The funds, which are used to assist counties and cities in improving local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism, will be used to undertake and create a Tourism Asset Action Plan in Unicoi County.
“This is a great opportunity for Unicoi County to develop a plan to showcase what Unicoi County has to offer tourists,” said Senator Crowe. “The beauty of this county is unsurpassed and we have incredible places for tourists to visit. There is a lot of potential to bring in tourism and I am very pleased that these funds will help in the efforts to enhance a plan of action. I also congratulate our local officials who were instrumental 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.
“Unicoi County has so much to offer tourists,” added Representative Holsclaw. “Our county is not only one of the most scenic in the U.S.; it is also rich in history and culture. We have a vast array of trails, parks and outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy. This plan will help us in our efforts to let the rest of the world know what a unique county Unicoi is and what a great place it is to visit.”