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January 15, 2014

New Tourism team takes on first meeting

Session first for commission in new, temporary location

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Citing a new era for tourism in the city, the team of Director of Tourism Portia Gosser and Associate Director Margaret “Maggie” Kriebel took their seats at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here. I’m anxious to get everything organized and bring in the tourism business the City of Corbin deserves,” Gosser told those in attendance, after she and Kriebel were introduced by Board Chairman Sudhir Patel.

Kriebel added, “I second your vote of confidence. I see the potential and we’re ready to hit the ground running. It’s an exciting time for tourism in Corbin.”

Both received a warm round of applause during their introductions.

“I like the new hires,” said Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams, who was at the meeting.

Gosser and Kriebel were announced last Tuesday during a special session of the tourism commission.

Formerly the executive director of the Russell County Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce, Gosser also worked as a marketing director for State Dock at Lake Cumberland near Jamestown. She previously worked at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park near Burkesville.

Coming from Prince William County, Va. with what officials called “a solid background in tourism with ties to recreation,” Kriebel formerly served as Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Berea. She also worked for the City of Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Tuesday’s meeting was also the first to be held in their new, temporary office on Cumberland Falls Highway in the shopping center near the intersection of Falls Highway and Scuffletown Road.

Officials said the location was chosen due to its proximity to Exit 25 of I-75, as well as a destination for motorists getting off I-75, looking for information about the Corbin area.

During the session, a request for funding was made by members of the Corbin Gospel Music Concert, Inc. board. John Burkhart, Bob Terrell and Herman Moore want to use the funds to put on this year’s gospel music concert to be held Friday, April 25, at the Corbin Arena.

“We had a big success lat year, and we want to do it again this spring. Last year’s gospel concert had over 1,700 in attendance, the largest Ecumenical gathering in the Tri-County area. Having the Corbin Arena again will make it a splendid display of Christian unity,” Burkhart told the tourism commission.

Terrell added, “One thing John and I will do each concert is that we’ll have young people and young groups on the stage.”

Last year, the Corbin Gospel Music Concert, Inc. received a $1,000 donation from the tourism board.

“The concert will use the money to help pay for the $2,500 cost to rent the Corbin Arena,” Burkhart said.

He said afterwards the concert board hopes to receive $2,500 this year.

In other actions, approval was given to the financial report for the previous month. The tourism commission has a balance of $430,970.81 as of Dec. 31, 2013. Also approved were the minutes of the Dec. 10 regular meeting, and the special meetings held Dec. 17, Dec. 30 and Jan. 7.

Board financial advisor and certified public accountant Kyle Perkins said the commission’s audit report with Cloyd and Associates was still underway, but should be ready soon.

He also mentioned that furniture for the new tourism office was ordered Tuesday and would be expedited there. A new sign for the building would also be purchased soon, to help motorists find the new, temporary location.

Board members later went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. When they came out of that session and returned to the regular meeting, they announced no action was taken.

Before adjourning, they approved a motion that any requests for funding needs to come to either the Director of Tourism or Associate Director first, before that request comes before the board.

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