A combined government effort to increase tourism development in Warren County continues.
McMinnville’s Tourism Development Board met this month and discussed last month’s meeting with the county Economic and Agriculture Development Committee, the first of its kind.
“It went very well,” said TDB chair Sarah Cantrell. “We came away feeling very positive about the conversation and the intent of the committee and all their interest in tourism. So, it was very conversational back and forth. Good questions were asked. We just explained to them the history of the TDB and what it has been able to do for the city.”
She presented a 2019 economic impact report from the state which breaks down where Warren County ranks out of all 95 counties in generating tourism development dollars.
“It breaks down where we rank in all 95 counties,” said Cantrell. “We finished No. 50. We generated more than $27 million in direct tourism expenditures and created 165 jobs. The big ticket that they would want to see is that it created over $1 million in local tax revenue.”
Cantrell added, “If it weren’t for state and local taxes generated by tourism, each Warren County household would pay an additional $173 in taxes per year. They were very interested to that.”
Also shared with the county committee was the various projects undertaken by TDB since its creation by the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“They really liked the things that we’ve been doing,” said Cantrell. “We shared the different projects that we have been working on. We also shared information from our adventure tourism plan. That’s a huge document the new members of this board will need to see.”
A second meeting between the city’s Tourism Development Board and the county’s Economic and Agriculture Development Committee has yet to be arranged.