Committee to study future leadership of tourism, centre

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two heads will be better than one - at least for the time being.

The Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission members have appointed a committee to look at the future structure of its leadership.

Troy Beam and Vicki Downing will continue to split the tourism and conference facility duties until the committee makes its recommendation.

With the resignation of Elaine Wilson to take a state tourism position, the commissioners opted to not make a decision in October on a permanent replacement.

At its November meeting, the board said things seemed to be running well.

Commissioner Tom Kelly said a committee should be formed to study the situation with the input of Beam and Downing.

Bernie North would chair the committee with James Watkins and Steve Patel also serving.

When the resignation was announced in October, commissioners voiced a concern about making a quick decision on personnel without making a complete study of the situation.

Both Beam and Downing are long-time employees of the facility.

Kelly said the committee would look at whether a single director should be placed over both functions or if it would be better to have two people overseeing the separate roles.

The tourism portion of the agency works to lure people to local attractions and to stay in hotels and to shop at local businesses. The hotel lodging tax funds this portion of the agency.

Paroquet Springs Conference Centre is funded through the 2 percent food tax in Shepherdsville, as well as rentals of the facility.

Both are profitable and the commission continues to make payments on the mortgage for the conference centre. Over the past few years, extra payments have been made to more quickly pay off the facility.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the conference center. The public is invited to attend.