A delegation of Grady County officials met with representatives of Leon County’s Division of Tourism to discuss opportunities for the marketing of Tired Creek Lake.
Grady County Lake Authority consultant Will Butler along with Lake Authority Vice Chairman Chip Wells and Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, met with Kerri Post, director of the division of tourism for Leon County, Fla. on Thursday.
“It was a very productive meeting. Ms. Post was very receptive and is eager to promote our lake as another regional attraction for visitors coming to Tallahassee,” Johnson said.
Lake Authority Vice Chairman Wells said he was also pleased with the meeting.
Post has requested information on the lake’s fishery, photographs and other information that she can incorporate into the marketing materials of Leon County’s tourism initiatives.
“Tourism is the first date in economic development,” Post told the Grady County delegation.
Johnson said the more people the county can attract to the lake is a positive. “You never know if through this marketing we attract someone interested in developing the lake, purchasing property here or building a home. It’s a win-win and we are thankful to Will (Butler) for arranging this meeting,” Johnson said.
According to the Grady County administrator, last week’s meeting is a direct result of the memorandum of understanding negotiated by Butler with Leon County officials earlier this year.
“In fact, through that process it was the Leon County administrator who suggested that their tourism division could help promote the lake. Everyone is looking at doing things in a regional approach and this is just another example of ways we can work with our neighbors in promoting our lake, which is truly a regional asset,” Johnson said.