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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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