Anderson County leaders to vote on adventure tourism districts

CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) In a county that has one of the highest unemployment rates, Anderson County leaders are fighting for growth.

Commissioners are vying to get two cities to qualify as adventure tourism districts, placing them under the Tennessee Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act.

If Lake City and Oak Ridge qualify as adventure tourism districts, more attractions and jobs could be a reality.

"This bill was made for rural development, to create a venture tourism district and pair it with ad adventure tourism business. So we have things like Windrock park with ATV's that's already in the area," said Stephanie Wells with the Anderson County Tourism Committee.

All qualified tourism businesses would receive a $4,500 voucher.

"For example, if they move into the area and they have a capital investment and create jobs that includes hotels, restaurants, attractions, guide services, those kinds of businesses," said Wells.

If state leaders approve the paper work, big changes could happen locally.

"It definitely gives us a tool to recruit new businesses into the area. It will bring in entrepreneurs who are trying to start a business, it gives them a tax break. to get their business started," explained Wells.

The Anderson County Operations Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the status of the Rural Development Act.

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