TDA moves forward with plans for Wade Street office

Imari Scarbrough Staff Writer

January 10, 2014

The Anson County Tourism Development Authority discussed several ideas to promote tourism in the county, including promoting local businesses and events through vouchers at other events.

The board also discussed its new office in the Anson County Historical Society’s Craig building. TDA director Lynn Horton presented a working rough draft of a contract to the board, who approved it. TDA chairwoman Jessica Morgan was absent from the meeting, but can sign the contract when she returns. Pending final approval, the TDA will move in soon, though it does not have an exact date. The building is located at 206 Wade St. in Wadesboro, giving the TDA its desired presence in the Uptown community.

Since the TDA plans to be housed in the ACHS building, the two groups will alternate office hours, which will increase the hours that the building can be open for tourists. The board discussed the possibility of implementing an internship and/or volunteer program for local students, providing educational opportunities and volunteer hours for students and man hours for the ACHS. Additionally, the board would like to see a history app developed that people can access on their devices with local content for the area.

The TDA also discussed promoting local businesses at events through advertisements, coupons and vouchers, i.e., possibly offering a discount at a local inn for participants at a golf tournament.

Vice chairman Jeff Boothby, who presided over the meeting in Morgan’s absence, said that the TDA has seen a downward trend in its finances this month compared to this time last year. Boothby said he did not know what is causing the loss. The TDA’s balance as of Jan. 2 was $93,275.79.

In his refuge report, J.D. Bricken, the Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge manager, said that although quail numbers are down, negatively affecting quail hunting, he expects more success with the rabbit hunt.

Although the figures alone are discouraging, Boothby said that hearing ideas and opportunities from Horton and the board was helpful. “I was discouraged before the meeting and now I’m feeling a lot better,” he said.

The TDA will hold its next meeting on Feb. 12 at noon at the Ladybug Family Restaurant in Wadesboro.