The community speaks up

February 8, 2015

“It’s time for us to roll up our shirt sleeves and get going.”

            — Denise Wainscott

By Bobbie Poynter


Barbourville Tourism asked Knox County residents what they feel would be good for their city and county’s future.

“This is going to be a working plan, not one that just sits on the shelf,” said Debbie Spencer, president of We Make Things Happen!, who along with Barbourville Tourism, hosted two events Jan. 29 to hear ideas on what the community feels will help improve tourism in the area, not just for tourists, but for its citizens as well.

“We’re hoping to develop our strategic action plan,” said Tourism Director Denise Wainscott. “We want more than just day visitors. We want tourists visiting our town to stay overnight or even longer.”

Spencer began by describing several strategic plans that have worked out well for other communities, including outdoor adventures, horseback riding and unique dining spots. A strategic plan in Knott County, she explained, was completed in only a year and a half and included a trail ride. It drew 10,000 people into the community and brought in $2.3 million in revenue into that region.

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