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River Place on the Clinch. A sustainable tourism initiative. What? Where? Why? Who? . A sustainable tourism initiative Kyles Ford, TN Revitalize a community and create jobs by building on natural and community assets that without compromising environmental integrity

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river place on the clinch

River Place on the Clinch

A sustainable tourism initiative

what where why who
What? Where? Why? Who?
  • A sustainable tourism initiative
  • Kyles Ford, TN
  • Revitalize a community and create jobs by building on natural and community assets that without compromising environmental integrity
  • Owned & operated by Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., a 501C3 not-for-profit organization
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River Place on the Clinch
  • Market – opened Sept. 2007
  • Cabins – opened Nov 2007
  • Café – opened Dec 2007
  • Conservation Center – opened April 2008
  • Outfitters – opened March 2009
  • Camping – opened May 2009
  • Outdoor Music stage – July 2010
background
Background
  • Tourism feasibility study in 2003 by Randall & Associates looked at the development of trails in the rural region we serve.
  • Major deficiencies in attractions, amenities and accommodations
  • Appalachian Quilt Trail influence
  • Decision to make investment when others weren’t…
nuts bolts
Nuts & Bolts
  • Store and café building
  • 17 acres
  • 7 cabins (and one under renovation)
  • 3.5 acres camping
  • 1 retreat center (building leased on 2 acres)
challenges
Challenges
  • Money
  • Isolation
  • Economy
  • Staffing
  • Infrastructure
keys to success
Keys to success
  • Cash
  • Passion
  • Local support
  • Time
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