Radius Indiana Forms Tourism Council

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A southern Indiana regional partnership has launched a Tourism Development Advisory Council. The Radius Indiana collaboration will focus on drawing more attention to existing attractions, vetting new tourism proposals and growing opportunities along the I-69 expansion. August 8, 2013

News Release

BEDFORD, Ind. - Becky Skillman announces that Radius Indiana has formed and launched a Tourism Development Advisory Council, which held it's first meeting Wednesday, August 7.

The council is being chaired by Kevin Manley, Executive Director of the Dubois County Visitors Center and Tourism Commission. Those serving on the council include Mark Newman, Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tourism, Chris Leininger, Chief Operating Officer of French Lick Resort, Dan Bortner, Director, State Parks & Reservoirs, DNR, Leslie Townsend, President of Historic Southern Indiana, Amy Haag, Project Coordinator at the Daviess County Economic Development Foundation, Brianne Jerrels, Administrative Assistant of the Greene County Economic Development Corporation, Eric Marvin, Executive Director of the Lawrence County Tourism Commission, Misty Weisensteiner, Executive Director of the Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Bev Minto, representing the Southern Indiana Regional Marketing Cooperative.

The core objective of the Radius Tourism Development Advisory Council will be to brand and promote the region with a cohesive voice as a tourism destination-of-choice. The council will first focus on four goals.

First, it will create a tourism asset inventory of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington counties. 2) Assist existing attractions to thrive and grow 3) To serve as a vetting agent for new tourist attraction proposals and projects within the Radius Region, advising the Regional Impact Fund committee as projects are submitted for funding. 4) Build tourism opportunities along new I-69 corridor.

"Each of the Radius Indiana advisory councils, including the Defense and National Security Advisory Council, Workforce Advisory Council, and the Tourism Development Advisory Council, are comprised of professionals currently working within each sector to help us plan and prepare for growth within the Radius region," said Becky Skillman, President/CEO of Radius Indiana. "As a $700 billion industry, tourism is the fastest growing industry in every state throughout the U.S. The opportunities are endless."

"The travel and tourism industry is an important driver of the success of the Radius Indiana region, and a strong source of future jobs," said Kevin Manley, Executive Director of the Dubois County Visitors Center and Tourism Commission, "This region not only touts the French Lick Resort, but also many distinctive parks, outdoor recreation, historic pathways, and attractions that are hidden jewels in the state. We look forward to collaborating with local, regional and state partners to build a robust experience for tourists as Indiana's $9 billion tourism industry grows."

ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA

Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana is a regional partnership representing eight counties in south central Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington. The partnership also serves as a primary point of contact in Indiana for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The partnership's mission is to advance the economy of the South Central Indiana Region by: generating high-quality employment opportunities; diversifying the region's economic base; and raising the standard of living for residents of the Region. To accomplish the mission of Radius Indiana, the partnership works diligently to develop and support the customized resources businesses need to successfully locate or expand in the South Central Indiana Region. The vision of Radius Indiana is to create a dynamic network of private and public partnerships that works together for the benefit of all. For more information, please visit www.radiusindiana.com.

Source: Radius Indiana