March 25, 2014

Tourism groups look to share director

County commission offers shared logo and website


Cooperation was the theme at the London Tourism and Convention Commission and the London Laurel County Tourist Commission meetings this week as both organization took steps towards working together to bring tourism to London and Laurel County.

At the London Tourism and Convention Commission meeting Monday night, the city commissioners began discussion about plans to hire a director as well establish committees to form bylaws and a budget.

Commission member Troy House presented the board with three different job descriptions for a director position.

“Most of them have a lot of little nitpicky things and I’m sure the city has guidelines as well. I guess, at this point, we need to pick out the major requirements and find out what the additional requirements of the city are,” House said.

London Mayor Troy Rudder presented the board with a short-term solution to the tourism commission’s issue of needing a director.

“To ease your burden on trying to get a director in a hurry, I talked to the chairman of the London-Laurel County Tourist (Commission),” Rudder said.  “I talked to Mr. Tom Handy, He said if this board would take a part-time one (director), one from the other commission would come over and help on things like the budget, so that you all won’t be in such a hurry. Either Rodney (Hendrickson) or Kim (Collier) ... can help guide the board on laying the foundations.  If the board would be open to that, that’s now another example of the two boards working together.”

Commission Chairman Bill Dezarn suggested that committees be formed to work with the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission.

“We need to get a budget pretty quick and I’m sure Rodney knows a lot about some of the things we need to be looking at early on. Then we can work on getting a director in place,” Rudder said.  “That’s a very important position and even after we get the qualifications down, it’s going to take quite some time.  I’d start with budget, bylaws, things like that and maybe we’ll ask Rodney for some of his expertise on this.”

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