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Tourism bureau endorses development plan

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[March 01, 2012]  Following the lead of the Logan County Board, the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County endorsed the Economic Development Master Plan of the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership. The vote took place at the tourism bureau's monthly meeting on Tuesday.

HardwareDevelopment partnership director Mike Maniscalco outlined the key components of the plan to the tourism bureau's board of directors.

"There's enough room in this plan for Mike (Maniscalco) and I to work together on issues that are important to our organizations, and thus important to the overall economic development and economic success of our county," said Geoff Ladd, executive director of the tourism bureau.

"Tourism is the 'new' economic development model. As manufacturing and traditional development opportunities are becoming more competitive, what tourism does for the county continues to grow," said Ladd. "The master plan identifies the leisure-hospitality workforce as the fourth-largest employment category in the county."

The bureau recorded a hotel tax revenue increase last year of 17 percent (the primary funding for the organization), and according to Ladd, the first two months of the new fiscal year have been strong as well.

"Our numbers are on the rise, and that reflects a statewide trend. Perhaps we are seeing the signs of an economic recovery, but one has to be concerned about the price of gasoline and the potential effect on tourism. As we monitor the price at the pump, we will continue to promote to the 'staycation' market and the international travelers who are used to high gas prices and not deterred by them," Ladd said.

"We are excited to work together with the partnership to enhance the economy and quality of life in Logan County communities."

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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