On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Jody Sliger with the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and Virginia Solimine, Upper Cumberland Development District Community Development Planner, came to Lafayette and presented County Mayor Steve Jones and City Mayor Richard Driver with a $50,000 check.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced that 29 communities will receive over $999,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist communities with tourism infrastructure assets.
The grants assist counties and cities in improving local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism. Among the grants awarded was the City of Lafayette for $50,000.
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said, “Tourism development is an important part of every community, but in some cases we were finding a lack of infrastructure to fully take advantage of some tourism opportunities. We appreciate our great partners at TNECD for coming to the table with this initiative for communities to enhance their local tourism assets.”
City Mayor Richard Driver and County Mayor Steve Jones worked together to get the grant for the Winding Stairs Park. Driver stated, “This shows what happens when the City and the County works together. The funds will be used for building a log cabin, for a meeting place for the Friends of the Winding Stairs, the Boy, Girl, and Cub Scouts can meet here also. This is something that can be used year round.”
Jones commented, “Honest Abe Log Homes will be building the structure. It will be a 30’ x 40’ log building with a meeting room, bathroom, and a small kitchenette.”
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.