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I wouldn't worry too much about Ms. Thompson. For your own peace of mind regarding her comments about you and your family, remember that old saying "Consider the source". Have a Happy Thanksgiving (Nov 28, 2013 | post #2)
Why wait for the local government to create industry and opportunity? Why not attend local meetings to share your ideas and spur their actions? (Nov 1, 2013 | post #52)
The Appalachian Mountain Range (which is what makes the local area so mountainous) is the same range that makes up the Smoky Mountains. The facts show, tourism is growing. Opportunity is growing. It's not the final answer, nor is it the only answer, but it's a place to start. I'd say Hilltop Pizza has had a big increase in their business because of the visitors to the area. Do we need to continue to work on infrastructure and attractions? Yes. Do we need to break the code on getting county wide internet? Yes. But the point is, opportunities are here if we work together to take advantage of them. (Nov 1, 2013 | post #50)
Here's a fact. From Jan-Aug 2012, there was $564,180 dollars spent on transient lodging in the county. In 2013 for the same time frame, $689,183. That's an improvement of $125,003. This is lodging in rooms, not campers and RVs. That isn't taxed by the local tourism commission. It also doesn't take into account those who use the restaurants, buy gas, or shop here. The reason the climbing community has been coming down from Miquel's is to be closer to the climbing, Many of the routes are in Lee County. I don't think anyone has shot down any ideas. I think more folks need to get involved to make their ideas a reality. Chuck (Oct 31, 2013 | post #38)
There have been other festivals. One comes to mind, "Peddles and Blooms". And a Flea Market is a good idea. We've had several around Christmas time in PEP. Unfortunately, the vendors didn't make enough to keep it going. The biggest problem with new ventures is cash flow. Until it creates a draw for outside visitors, there isn't enough local disposable income to keep a new business open unless the manager is very frugal and has a product others truly need. It can be done, but we need a larger number from the community getting involved. (Oct 30, 2013 | post #32)
I agree there isn't a lot to do in Beattyville other than basic shopping and eating for many, but the river is an attraction that hasn't been developed and many climbers don't go to the gorge to climb. The climb on the 1000 acres of private climbing routes located in Lee County. Many ATV enthusiasts use the area along with hikers and folks who like to ride horses and all this is just the start. Increase the amount of money coming into the county and other businesses can grow. (Oct 30, 2013 | post #30)
Franchise Revenues paid by the banks???? (Oct 28, 2013 | post #49)
I agree many of the vendors will take their money and leave after the WWF, but I don't think there are any rooms or cabins available and every restaurant was full, despite the large number of food vendors. I'm not going to say some businesses aren't suffering. I'm not saying the answer is easy. What I'm trying to say is, we have to change our paradigm on what we believe will work. We have to find a way to put differences aside and work together. What we love about our community is attractive to many folks who aren't from here. We just have to find a way to market, get them to come and stay and keep the money in the area. (Oct 27, 2013 | post #27)
The bank transfer to the Health Dept. cost the county about 15,000 a year in tax revenue. If there was any debate against this purchase, it wasn't evident at the meeting where the Fiscal Court voted on whether or not to do it. There was no community outcry before the fact either. The Fiscal Court voted to support this and, based on the folks at the meeting, the vast majority in favor of the purchase, did what the community wanted. (Oct 26, 2013 | post #47)
In reality, there is industry here. Some people have jobs. Some people have businesses. I agree, much more could be done to spur new business and create new opportunity. Town does receive some of the business from the thousands of climbers who come here. It does not receive what it should because we, as a community, aren't building the businesses they need. As an earlier thread pointed out, everything closes early, so many of them don't visit because there is nothing for them to do. I believe greater effort should be made to work with businesses to tap more efficiently into this financial stream. Again, this is not the end state "Climbers will save the economy". This is the first step, "develop a model to maximize the return on this industry and use it to create more industries." (Oct 26, 2013 | post #25)
In a community where industry and opportunity are at a minimum, the first steps to fixing the problems have to come from making an industry work. Right now, the entrepreneurs for tourism are here. With the population of tourists already here, there's room for growth in the after 5 restaurant trade and even in lodging. Specialty stores and more diversity in grocery stores along with advertising will help it grow as well. The rock climbers aren't the final answer. They are the first step. Tourism isn't the final answer it's just a segment of the potential for the area to grow. To thousands, there is plenty to do "here". We just have to find a way turn that into creating more attractions. (Oct 25, 2013 | post #23)
They specifically come to Lee County All of the Pendergrast-Murray Recreational Preserve and the New Middle Fork Preserves are in Lee County. We don't have to build the services and hope they come. They are here. They go to Shell Mart and lock it up, because that's all that is open. (Oct 24, 2013 | post #20)
Time has not passed us by. Tens of thousands come to Lee County from all over the world every year. Yes, tens of thousands. This is one of the top 3 places in the world to climb. Over one thousand acres of Lee County is owned by the Red River Gorge Climbing Coalition. Many of the visitors love the area. We just need to focus more on creating ways to get them to stay longer. Create opportunities for some to move here and create businesses, and even create a place they can live, even if they travel elsewhere. Connected Internet is a key infrastructure element missing. (Oct 24, 2013 | post #18)
I don't think anyone believes more money will solve all the issues, but money is needed to provide facilities, material, teachers and programs. There's no way around that. How much and where it goes is something the community needs to let the school board know.2397 (Oct 22, 2013 | post #45)
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