A new tourism commission has been placed into operation by the City of Columbia. “The commission will support local businesses in our community and assist with the promotion of activities and events for tourism not only for Columbia, but for the entire community,” said Mayor Pam Hoots.
Members will include:
- Donna Jones. Jones has been instrumental with the Farmers Market on the Square, which is a source of pride for Columbia. Numerous visitors to Columbia have been referred due to the success in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Jason thrasher. Thrasher is the owner of Hooligan Burger located on Jamestown St. He is a young entrepreneur that started with a food truck and continues to expand.
- Linda Waggener. She is the owner of Columbia Magazine, an active member of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce and is a former member of the Columbia City Council.
- Brenda Kinnett Mann. Mann is retired from the Adair County School System. She is an active member of the Columbia/Adair Chamber of Commerce, where she has been active in the leadership of Adair County. She will be working as a liaison with the board of Renaissance Columbia in the promotion of Downtown Days.
- Hannah Peck. Peck just joined the Columbia City Council. She is a former member of the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission. She is active with JOY Ministries and works with Lindsey Wilson College, which has numerous visitors to their campus through the year. This year’s enrollment broke records. She will be the liaison with the City’s legislative body.
- Greg Redford. Redford is with Three Springs RV Resort located on Holmes Bend Rd. He is familiar with the tourism from the Green River Lake and brings knowledge of those camping and utilizing the lake during the summer.
- Susan Barbee Harvey. Harvey is the owner and manager of Sleep Inn and Suites. The motel is utilized by the regional training center of our Walmart and guests also frequent from the wedding barn industry in Adair County.
“We hope that people will welcome all these into their new positions,” said Hoots. “This is a great plan for our community as it continues to grow.”
As the city moves forward, “Our plans are to continue to work with all activities in Columbia and Adair County. Our goal is to promote the entire community,” she concluded.
Submitted by Tiffany Collins