Janet Cochran, Barry Brown and Bruce Green with the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism Analysis Team spoke to county leaders and Chamber of Commerce members last week on Dade's tourism potential.
By: Chris Musser, Chamber of Commerce
beautiful amenities took the breath away of the Atlanta-based Tourism Analysis
team from the Georgia Department of Economic Development on April 22nd. Ted
Rumley took the team, which included Janet Cochran (the keynote speaker at the
Dade County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet), all around the city and the
county, showing off the best of Trenton and Dade County. After a two hour tour
in the morning in which they visited Cloudland Canyon State Park, the hang
gliding flight park and the Scenic View Log Cabins the team gathered with key
tourism partners for a delicious lunch at Guthrie’s.
lunch, several tourism partners shared their thoughts on the current tourism industry
and offered insights and suggestions for the future. The tourism team then
asked questions to the tourism partners and began an exciting dialogue that
helped the team gain a robust understanding of Dade’s tourism industry.
owner of Guthrie’s and member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber,
graciously offered to feed all participants. Garrett has consistently offered
his delicious meals to support Chamber endeavors. The Chamber is deeply
grateful to Guthrie’s.
lunch, which was attended by over 30 tourism partners, the team visited Jenkins
Park and state–of–the–art Civic Center, before heading to the Wilderness
Outdoor Theater, the Lineman Training Center and R-Haven. The team stayed two
hours longer than initially planned, due to the abundance and quality of the
sites they visited. At the end of the day, everyone was exhausted, but
delighted to have spent a productive day discovering Dade County’s treasures.
Over the coming
month, the tourism team will be drawing up a report detailing the strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the tourism industry in Dade County.
They will be producing a document with recommendations on future actions to be
taken by the county commission to build off of its existing tourism assets. The
team will also come back to Dade to formally present these findings to the
will keep the community informed as to the details of this presentation. Thanks
to all those present, and all those who have contributed to making Dade County
such an exciting and rich place to live!
Chris Musser is
the executive director of Dade County Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at (706)