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Business & Tourism Development Committee

Vice President of Business & Tourism Development

Patrick Holmes
Lenoir County Public Schools

Staff

Craig Hill
Executive Director

The Business and Tourism Development Committee’s responsibility is to work towards improving the total economy, specifically directed toward commercial, retail and industrial development while supporting agriculture and tourism.

The mission of this committee will be to achieve economic growth for our community through quality of life and business development as well as tourism development.

Projects for 2020 include:

  • Revamp the TLC (Think Lenoir County) program encouraging local shopping and purchasing of services
  • Continue the Red Carpet Gift Card program that welcomes individuals relocating to our community by presenting them with a welcome gift card package. Invite new businesses to participate and promote this program to HR Managers, realtors and the public.
  • Create awareness with Human Resource managers, realtors and the public about the importance of the TLC live locally program. Work with Committee of 100 on an ExecuStay list of available short-term homes to be available to HR managers.
  • Assist the Tourism and Development Authority and Visit Kinston with issues that involve tourism. Serve as a referral and communication conduit for these agencies and develop partnerships to assist with events that support tourism and business for our community.
  • Work closely with Lenoir County Economic Development as opportunities arise
  • Host the Small Business Awards and Pinnacle of Achievement Awards.
  • Continue to co-sponsor workshops and seminars designed to benefit the Chamber memberships in conjunction with the Small Business Center at Lenoir Community College.

When you shop locally, the sales tax dollars from your purchases go back into making our communities greater. Those sales tax dollars help fund our roads, parks, schools, fire departments and more. In Lenoir County, those projects add up to more than $12 million. So shop here, buy here and help us keep Lenoir County a place where business and families can prosper

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