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LaRue County Chamber, Its Members Prepare for 2012 Tourist Season

Check out our article that was in the LaRue County Herald this week:

 

As the economy continues to show signs of recovery, the LaRue County Chamber and its members are looking ahead to the 2012 tourist season with great enthusiasm.

“We think it’s going to be the best year since the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial,” said Jessica Davis, Chamber executive director.

“The importance of tourism to our local economy cannot be understated.  It creates jobs, generates revenue and exposes our community to people from around the country and around the globe,” Davis added.

According to Kentucky Tourism Industry, direct expenditures related to Tourism in LaRue County in 2010 exceed $5.1 million and there were 263 jobs in the county related to tourism.

The public’s fascination with Lincoln’s legacy drives tourism here.  The National Park Service reports that in 2010 the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park saw more than 177,000 visitors.

And The Lincoln Museum sees nearly 30,000 paid museum tours annually.  In 2011, the museum had visitors from 49 states and 37 countries. Museum Director, Iris LaRue attributes other nearby tourist attractions such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave with bringing even more visitors to LaRue County as one of several stops on their tour.

“These same visitors shopped in our stores, ate in our restaurants, filled gas tanks and saw everything that LaRue County has to offer,” said Stefanie Rock, President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Pat Durham, chamber board member and owner of The Sweet Shoppe, credits 75% of his business to tourism and estimates seeing 15-20 visiting families each day.

The chamber is proud to be Hodgenville and LaRue County’s welcome center and is taking that job seriously with capital investments in an updated website (www.laruecountychamber.org ) and an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

“We encourage all businesses to join us by putting out the welcome mat as we get ready for another successful tourism season in Hodgenville and LaRue County,” said Davis.

Welcome New Chamber Members!

The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome five new members! Make sure to check them out! Also, stay tuned for details about ribbon cutting ceremonies for each new member, one of which will be this Friday!

Please help us welcome:

 

Aflac Insurance  Independent Agent James Beery

Contact: James Beery

lessrsk@gmail.com

622 Hubbards Lane

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

www.aflac.com

(502)275-9311

 

Allegro at Helmwood, LLC

Contact: Katrina Valliant/Steve Sanford

kvalliant@allegroliving.com

ssanford@allegroliving.com

108 Diecks Drive

Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701

www.allegroliving.com

(270)765-4414

 

Blazin Xpressions

Contact: Joshua Singer

blazinsignsngraphix@gmail.com

1353 Dangerfield Road

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748

(270) 361-8426

 

Melanie Wells Photography – Open House Friday, February 24, 2012, 10-2pm (Ribbon Cutting 10:30am)

Contact: Melanie Wells

melanie@melaniewellsphotography.com

212 North Lincoln Blvd.

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748

http://www.melaniewellsphotography.com

(270)234-4810

 

Todd’s Lunch Box

Contact: Todd Akin

t.akin@live.com

105 South Walters Avenue

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748

(270)872-3161

Great turnout for February Membership Luncheon!

There were about 50 people that attended  the February Membership Luncheon! Was it the informative presentation, the chance to network or the great food that brought them out? We are not sure, but what we do know is that everyone that attended left feeling that the experience was valuable.

Lisa Williams, with the Kentucky Innovation Center, spoke about what she does at the Innovation Center and how it can benefit the citizens of LaRue County. She told us about various grants that are available to people with new ideas and the different services that the Innovation Center offers to this area. Ms. Williams told us that there are many innovators in LaRue County and there are some great ideas that come from this area. A great piece of information that she shared is that the Kentucky Innovation Center is doing very well! They are creating jobs and having a real impact on the local economy.

Todd’s Lunch Box catered our luncheon and the food was wonderful! Todd’s Lunch Box is located across from the Hodgenville Post Office and they are open for lunch. The address is 105 South Walters Avenue. To contact them for more information, call 270-872-3161.

Our March Membership Luncheon will be held on March 21, 2012, noon, at The Lincoln Museum Community Room. Stay tuned for more details.

“Your Innovation Center–Serving Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Investors”

Just a friendly reminder that our February Membership Luncheon is tomorrow, at noon, in The Lincoln Museum Community Room.  You are invited! As always, we expect to have a great presentation, great food and plenty of time for networking. Here are the details for this month’s luncheon:

Guest Speaker: Lisa Williams, Kentucky Innovation Center – “Your Innovation Center–Serving Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Investors”

Co-Sponsored By: Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and Melanie Wells Photography

Click here to register to attend the February Membership Luncheon.

Chamber Offers Bundle of Sponsorship Opportunities

DonLaRue County Bundle Up Winter sponsorship‘t miss your chance to “Bundle Up This Winter” with the LaRue County Chamber! Our bundle plan allows you to bundle your membership and other sponsorship opportunities so that you can save some money and the Chamber will have your commitment for the year 2012.

Contact Jessica at the Chamber office (270) 358-3411 for more information or you can email her at jessica@laruecountychamber.org.