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                                                                                              Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Tourism Development Authority Board, in the Community Hall of the Woodrow Jones Building, located at 146 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 on June 10th, 2021 at 12pm regarding the proposed Tourism Development Authority budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. All interested parties are invited to attend and offer public comments relative to the proposed budget. The meeting will also be available virtually via ‘Go to Meeting’. Details for this meeting can be found at www.rutherfordcountync.gov/departments/tourism_development_authority/. The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is available for inspection, by appointment only, in the Tourism Development Authority office located at 146 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139, and is available online at www.rutherfordcountync.gov/departments/tourism_development_authority/.

2021-2022 Recommended Budget

2020-2021 Fiscal Year Approved Budget
2020-2021 Budget Message 
2020-2021 Approved Budget Ordinance 

Mission Statement
: To promote the growth of tourism for and in Rutherford County, in accordance with NC Session Law 2011-115.

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Executive Director: Don Cason (email)

View the 2020 Travel Guide Here!

2020-2021 TDA Board Meetings:
All Board Meetings are held in the Woodrow Jones Building* conference room at 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted.


  • September 10th, 2020
TDA Board Meeting - Sept. 10th
Thu, Sep 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/206606365
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
Access Code: 206-606-365

  • October 22nd, 2020
               TDA Board Meeting
               Thu, Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
               Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
               https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/632019885
              You can also dial in using your phone.
              United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
              United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
              Access Code: 632-019-885

  • December 3rd, 2020     

               TDA Board Meeting - December 3rd
               Thu, Dec 3, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
                Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
                https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/549219061
                You can also dial in using your phone.
                United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
                United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
                Access Code: 549-219-061

  • January 7th, 2021
              TDA Board Meeting - Jan. 7th
              Thu, Jan 7, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
              Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
              https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/391627461
              You can also dial in using your phone.
              United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
              United States: +1 (571) 317-3116
              Access Code: 391-627-461

  • February 18th, 2021

                 TDA Board Meeting - February 18th
                 Thu, Feb 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
                 Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
                 https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/207862333
                 You can also dial in using your phone.
                 United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106
                 United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
                 Access Code: 207-862-333

  • April 1st, 2021
               TDA Board Meeting - April 1st 2021
               Thu, Apr 1, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
               Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
               https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/724889037
               You can also dial in using your phone.
               United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
               United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
               Access Code: 724-889-037

  • May 13th,  2021
                TDA Board Meeting - May 13th

                Thu, May 13, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
                Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
                https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/800543789
                You can also dial in using your phone.
                United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
                United States: +1 (571) 317-3116
                Access Code: 800-543-789

  • June 10th, 2021 (Public Hearing)

                TDA Board Meeting - June 10th 2021, Public Hearing
                Thu, Jun 10, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
                Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
                https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/531123829
                You can also dial in using your phone.
                United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
                United States: +1 (646) 749-3129
                Access Code: 531-123-829

  • July 22nd, 2021 (First meeting of FY 20-21)


2020-2021 TDA Board Members:

  • Willard Whitson (Chair)
  • Dave Long (1st Vice Chair)
  • Mary Jaeger-Gale (2nd Vice Chair)
  • Jeff Geisler (Treasurer)
  • Jim Masek (Secretary)
  • Kitty McCammon
  • Brandon Higgins
  • Dana Bradley
  • Rocky Guariello
  • Janet Mason
  • David Hislop
  • Mia Chapman
2020-2021 Committees

RCTDA Executive Committee:

  • Willard Whitson: Board Chair
  • Dave Long: 1st Vice Chair
  • Mary Jaeger-Gale: 2nd Vice Chair
  • Jeff Geisler: Treasurer
Meetings are held at 3:00pm at the Woodrow Jones Building* unless otherwise noted.
  • July 23rd, 2020
  • September 3rd, 2020
  • October 15th, 2020
  • November 23rd, 2020
  • December 31st, 2021
  • February 11th, 2021
  • Special Called Meeting - February 15th, 2021 at 2:00pm
  • March 25th, 2021
  • May 6th, 2021
  • June 3rd, 2021 (Public Hearing)
  • July 15th, 2021 (First meeting of FY 20-21)
 
RCTDA Finance Committee:
  • Jeff Geisler: Treasurer
  • Mary Jaegar-Gale: Board Member
  • Janet Mason: Board Member
  • Paula Roach: County Finance Director
  • Staff Member: Taylor Hardin: Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

VIN/Information Committee:

  • Willard Whitson: Chair
  • Dave Long: 1st Vice Chair
  • Staff Member: Karen Tegen: TDA Project Manager/Welcome Center Manager

Relocate to Rutherford Committee:

  • Jeff Geisler: Treasurer
  • Jim Masek: Secretary
  • Mia Chapman: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Karen Tegen: TDA Project Manager/Welcome Center Manager
Marketing/Grant Committee:
  • Jim Masek: Secretary
  • Mary Jaeger-Gale: Board Member
  • Kitty McCammon: Board Member
  • Mia Chapman: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Taylor Hardin: Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

Tourism Asset Foundation (TAF) Committee Members:

  • Willard Whitson: Board Chair
  • David Hislop: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Emily Ostertag: Administrative Support

Keep Rutherford County Beautiful Committee Members:

  • Brandon Higgins: Board Member
  • Janet Mason: Board Member
  • Dana Bradley: Board Member
  • Rocky Guariello: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Karen Tegen: Project Manager/Welcome Center Manager

Agritourism Committee Members:

  • Brandon Higgins: Board Member
  • Kitty McCammon: Board Member
  • David Hislop: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Taylor Hardin: Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

Tourism Strategic Plan:

  • Willard Whitson: Chair
  • Dave Long: 1st  Vice Chair
  • Jeff Geisler: Treasurer
  • Kitty McCammon: Board Member
  • Mia Chapman: Board Member
  • Staff Member: Emily Ostertag: Administrative Support

Questions about Occupancy Taxes?
Please contact the Rutherford County Finance office at (828) 287-6085

*Woodrow Jones Building
Location: 146 Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: (828) 287-6013


Rutherford County Welcome Centers
Location 1: 2932 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure, NC 28746
Location 2: 146 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (Self - Serve)
Phone: (828) 287-6113

To view approved TDA minutes, Strategic Goals, Work Plans and Budget; as well as, a list of TDA Board members please see the sidebar listing to the left.

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