Carter County receives more than $50K to enhance tourism

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Carter County has received a state grant of $52,400 for new signs to point people to tourist attractions.

Local Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), Representative John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton) and Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) made the announcement Monday. The grant money is part of the rural development fund that was crated by the Rural Economic Opportunity Act passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2016.

“I am pleased to see Carter County receiving tourism and economic development support, and I was happy to co-sponsor the legislation that made this possible.” said Senator Crowe. “These funds will help drive tourist traffic to Carter County, which benefits local businesses and communities. I congratulate our local officials for securing these funds.”

“Tourism is a great way to generate money for municipalities and local businesses,” said Senator Lundberg. “This grant is great news for Carter County. Wayfinding signage is important so that travelers know where tourist attractions are located. I look forward to an increase in tourism traffic and dollars that will result from these signs.”

“Tennessee is known for tourism, and this investment will support this important industry here locally,” said State Representative John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton). “I am grateful to Commissioner Rolfe and his team for their investment in our community.”

“Carter County is one of our state’s hidden treasures, and I am pleased that our community is receiving this important funding from TNECD,” said Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville). “This new signage will increase the visibility of our many tourist attractions and revitalize our economy.”

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