Edmonson Voice Staff
Representatives of the Edmonson County Tourism Commission, Cindy Rich, Chairperson, and her husband, Jeff Rich and J.B. Hines, Edmonson County Attorney, and his wife, Shaska Hines traveled to Olive Hill, Kentucky on September 18, 2015, to meet with Debbie Baker Harmon, a representative of the Trail Town Program of the Office of Adventure Tourism. The Trial Town designation creates great economic development potential for Edmonson County. By marketing Edmonson County as a camping, hiking, horseback riding, boating, cycling, and touring destination, an environment for job creation and business opportunities is created. Restaurants and other services benefit by being identified for visitors.
Olive Hill, Kentucky is a community of a similar characteristic of Brownsville. Debbie stated that her town has had the designation for about a year and has seen a positive effect for local merchants as well as new business opportunities. “The challenge of economic development is not looking at the community with the view of what it does not have, but looking at the strengths of the community and finding opportunities,” said Cindy Rich.
The Trail Town designation would include Brownsville in a statewide and nationwide campaign to bring tourism dollars into rural communities like Brownsville.