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Monday, September 09, 2019

Cocke County recognized for tourism growth
Linda Lewanski is back from the Governor's Conference on Tourism hosted last week by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. Lewanski, the Director of the Department of Tourist Development for the Cocke County Partnership, says the governor recognized Cocke County and six other counties as the "7 over 7". "Which is seven counties out of the 95 who had an increase in tourism generated revenue over seven percent. And to be the only "distressed county" in that group was very wonderful," she explained. Attendees at the conference were provided with an economic snapshot of the tourism impact on their community. "We are ranked 32nd. out of the 95 counties, on the economic impact on our county and tourists spent nearly $51 million in our county last year. They say 480 full-time jobs are created in our county by tourism, but many of our jobs are seasonal so that means we have many more jobs as a result of tourism. Those jobs meant $10.7 million in payroll, $2.2 million in local tax revenue and $3 million is state revenue in 2018. And tourists spend $139,000 0n an average day in Cocke County." The Partnership asked for additional revenue from the county in the current budget for marketing the community, but funding has remained at the level it has been at for several years. Lewanski says the marketing aspect of the current county budget is "challenging", but she is always searching for grant funding which can be matched with local dollars. Last year Cocke County saw an increase in tourism economic impact of 7.7 percent. "It is amazing that with a marketing budget of $25,000, we are among the seven counties with tourism grown by more than seven percent. And we learned that the average household in Cocke County pays $358 less in local taxes as a result of the revenue we receive from tourism." Lewanski said she attended interesting seminars including one on the importance of digital storytelling of the highlights of the local community, another on the website http://www.brettapproved.com which provides information on motels, restaurants, etc., and their accessibility for those with disabilities. The site also provides information on developing a website that is more accessible to those with disabilities, such as the size and color of the font, for those who have visual impairment.

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