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


TDA Legislation (NC Session Law 2011-115)

 TDA ByLaws (Adopted December 8, 2011)

Please click on the link below to view the following: 2014 Tourism Development Authority Annual Report, Rutherford county Wayfinding Master Plan, and The Game Changer event.


To view the draft budget ordinance, message, and budget, go to:

2014-15 Tourism Budget Ordinance

 2014-15 Draft Budget and Message


 Executive Director: Michelle Whitaker(email)


Upcoming 2014-2015 TDA Board Meeting Dates:

December 11th, 2014

12:00 noon, Location: Bechtler House*


January 22nd, 2015

12:00 noon, Location: Bechtler House*


March 12th, 2015

12:00 noon, Location: Bechtler House*


April 23rd, 2015

12:00 noon

Location: Bechtler House*


May 21st, 2015

12:00 noon, Location: Bechtler House*


June 18th, 2015

12:00 noon, Location: Bechtler House*

2014-2015 TDA Board Members:

Jeff Bradley

Jamie Harris

Dan Hegemann (1st Vice Chair)

Dawn Hemmelgarn (Chair)

Denise Holland (2nd Vice Chair)

Ann Washburn Hutchins

Richard Lundy

Matt Tackett


RCTDA Executive Committee Meetings

To be held the week prior to TDA Board Meetings. Dates to be posted soon.


Executive Committee Members: Dawn Hemmelgarn, Dan Hegeman, Denise Holland, Michelle Whitaker

RCTDA Finance Committee Meetings

9:00 am, Location: County Offices Building

February-No Meeting

March 10th, 2015

9:00 am, Location: County Offices Building

April 21st, 2015

9:00 am, Location: County Offices Building

May 19th, 2015

9:00 am, Location: County Offices Building

June 16th, 2015

9:00 am, County Offices Building


Finance Committee Members: Dawn Hemmelgarn, Paula Roach, Sherry Lavender, Richard Lundy, Michelle Whitaker, Karen Robinson


2015 VIN/Wayfinding Committee Meeting Dates:


All meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, except in December. Meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. at the Bechtler House in Rutherfordton.

January 21, 2015

February 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

April 15, 2015

May 20, 2015

June 17, 2015

July 15, 2015

August 19, 2015

September 16, 2015

October 21, 2015

November 18, 2015

December-No Meeting









 Questions about Occupancy Taxes?

Please contact Jeanette Bosgra at the Rutherford County Finance office. (828) 287-6211



*Bechtler House Office

Location: 130 West 6th Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Phone: (828) 287-6013


Rutherford County Welcome Center 

Location: 2932 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure, NC 28746

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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