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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


Dade County’s 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.

During the 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.

Will Garrett, 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.

After the 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 community.

The Chamber 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) 657-4488.






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