Wed
Apr 23 2008
09:02:am
By: Concerned citizen  shortURL

Dear friend of quality growth,

As an attendee of last year's Plain Talk on Quality Growth conference, I want to make you aware of an important event that is coming to East Tennessee next week. The Tennessee Department of Tourism has put together a first rate conference on sustainable tourism that will be held next Monday and Tuesday, April 28th and 29th, at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The Great Smoky Mountains Sustainable Tourism Summit promises to be an event of quality and significance that is breaking new ground for a major segment of our regional economy. If you haven't already registered for this conference, I want to encourage you to consider doing so. I believe it will be well worth your time, and I expect it to be a watershed event for bringing a new focus to our regional tourism industry.

I have attached documents representing some of the highlights of the summit. For the most complete and up to date information, please go to the web site at

(link...)

Online registration closes at midnight tonight, Tuesday 4/24/08, but you can still sign up by faxing or calling the telephone numbers listed on the registration page at the above website.

If you've been wondering about what happens next after last year's Plain Talk on Quality Growth conference, you won't have to wonder much longer. A new organization is being formed to take the lead on promoting and facilitating quality growth in East Tennessee. You can expect to hear more about it very soon, so stay tuned. Until then, I look forward to seeing you at next week's conference on sustainable tourism.

Joe Hultquist
Chairman
East Tennessee Quality Growth Steering Committee

Just curious....

Noticed that Blount County is mentioned 2 times on the agenda, who from Blount County is speaking, or who is representing Blount County?

Thanks!

A related question,

A related question, Commissioner Walker, is: who is representing Blount County on the "new organization" that "is being formed to take the lead on promoting and facilitating quality growth in East Tennessee?" Related to that is the question of who makes that decision, and based on what criteria?

More good questions...

More good questions. I know that I received a invitation to the early meetings (I assume all elected officials did), but due to them being during the working day I was unable to attend.

Noticed that Blount County

Noticed that Blount County is mentioned 2 times on the agenda, who from Blount County is speaking, or who is representing Blount County?

?? Possible representation from/for Blount County ??

From the 2008 Great Smoky Mountains Sustainable Tourism Summit web-site:

Speakers:
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Lamar Alexander (??) - US Senator
Sam Beall - Owner, Blackberry Farm

Townhall Forum Attendees - Maryville/Townsend Meeting
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Attendee - Organization

Ron Palewsili - Townsend City Commission
Meredith Liemohn - Town & Country Realtors, Board Member Keep Blount
Beautiful
Nancy Williams - Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Bob Lash - Experience Your Smokies
Herb Handly - Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau
Leon Downey - Pigeon Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pat K. Thomas - Cliff Dwellers Gallery
Gail Early - MacDuff
Charles Tippitt - Townsend City Commission
Jeanie Hilton - Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau
Janice Fillmore - Townsend Business Association
Julie McDaniel - Monroe County Dept. of Tourism
Lisa McLeary - Lost Sea/ Monroe County
Mr. Vennie - City of Maryville
Scott Poland - City of Maryville
Fred Forster - Blount County Chamber of Commerce
Laure Byrne - (not noted)
George Piper - Akins Crisp Public Strategies
Joe Gallagher - Louisville, Tennessee
Wendy Pitts Reeves - Blount County Commission
Bob Panthers Great - Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Paul Archambault - Southeast Tennessee Development District
Kathleen Skinner - The Raven Society
Gail Harris - The Raven Society
Henry Greenwood - (not noted)
Mel Kelley - Public
Booty Miller - The Raven Society
Bill Hammon - City of Alcoa
Iva Butler - Daily Times
Dave Kemp - Resident
Ed Stucky - Top of Townsend
Ellis Bacon - Tallassee, Tennessee
Katy Brown - Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau
Nicky Reynolds - Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau
Doug Horn - Maryville Downtown Association
Bob Miller - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Representative Doug Overbey - House of Representatives

A couple of clarifications

Joe Gallagher is on the board of The Raven Society, along with a few others mentioned in the list.

Ellis Bacon is with Save Chilhowee Mountain, Inc. (link...)

Ed Stucky is on the Blount County Planning Commission along with "Top of Townsend."

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