LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — State officials were in Lynchburg last week to present County officials a check for $50,000 earned through a Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Kevin Triplett, state Director of Tourist Development, along with Business Development Consultant for Middle Tennessee Tommy Burns and State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) joined Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County officials at the courthouse for the presentation.
Jody Sliger, director of Tennessee’s ThreeStar program — a branch of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development — was also on hand for the presentation.
Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart; Rebecca Johnson from Metro Purchasing and Building Codes; Chamber of Commerce President Dave Parks; and Steve May, Director of Jack Daniel’s Homeplace, welcomed the state officials to Lynchburg.
Plans for the $50,000 in grant money are for new restrooms near the downtown square area. Stewart said building proper facilities for the 1,000s of tourists who visit Lynchburg each year has been a longstanding point of emphasis.
“This is something that we have been working on for two years,” said the Mayor, adding that the project is a joint effort between the county, the Chamber of Commerce and Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Stewart said state officials are often surprised when they hear that upwards of 250,000 people visit Lynchburg each year. That number is expected to be even higher as Jack Daniel’s celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
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.
No timetable was given for the completion of the restrooms project.