Leading from the Left

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Weekend, New Economic Devlopment Initiative

I was part of a group of local elected officials who entertained a group of lesbian and gay travel professionals from around country. These travel writers, agents and tour group leaders were visiting Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough at the invitation of our Visitor's Center. Laurie Paolicelli, the Visitor's Center Executive Director, is spear-heading an effort to market Orange County to the LGBT community.

The weekend was wildly successful. The visitors, who came from Tennessee, New York, California, Florida, Virginia and many other states, loved what they found here. They visited the Carrboro Farmer's Market, Chapel Hill Creamery, Crook's Corner and attended a cooking class at A Southern Season. They heard from Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy, Carrboro Alderperson Lydia Lavelle, and incoming Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber leader Joanne Fiore.

Hopefully, this is the begining of a lucative expansion of our tourism sector.

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