Decatur County Visitors Commission

The Decatur County Visitors Commission met on Thursday.

Dawn Lowe with the Chamber of Commerce told the board to feel free to come to her with anything the chamber can be involved in.

City Interns Ellie Acra and Sam Miller are spearheading a well received fitness program at Rebecca Park. They are also working on a community enhancement project with the parks department to get exercise equipment.

The grant committee reviewed the grant requests and gave their recommendation. The recommendation for the Fall Festival was $5,000, the recommendation for the Power of the Past was for $7,500 for the 5 day event to help cover wifi for the vendors, and the recommendation for the Tree City Brewing Co was for $10,000 which will be split in half between a community enhancement grant and an EDC Grant. These were approved.

There was a marketing update given by Daniel Fayette. The half year review was presented. They are working with a strategy first advertising approach so that everything is set before going into the community. They have had an ad in Visit Indiana, the 2020 annual report was completed, they were the winner of $150,225 from the Destination Development Grant, and the visitor guides and fun maps were delivered. They also had a successful passenger train visit. Fayette requested a renewal of contract for an additional 6 months. This was approved.

John Pratt gave a Bicentennial update. The last couple of months have been producing ideas and they invite people to like their Facebook page to help boost and suggest ideas. Currently they have authors, historians, and filmmakers on the list for entertainment.

There is a 50 team baseball tournament coming to the baseball diamonds this weekend. The board retreat will be on July 20 at 5 pm at High Point Events.

They got back in touch with the arborist for the Tower Tree. The earliest they can be here is July 13 and they got a discounted lift.

The 2022 budget was approved.

Morgan Schofield


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