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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.

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Interim Executive Director: Don Cason (email)


RUTHERFORD COUNTY TOURISM COFFEE ROUNDTABLE -Rutherfordton Town Hall February 11, 2015 (click here)




December 2015 Rutherford County TDA Coffee Talks- Lake Lure and Forest City

To view the notes from these meeting ( Click Here )


February 2016 Rutherford County Tourism Coffee - Isothermal Community College

To view the Rutherford County Brand Perception and Market Research Presentation ( Click Here )


TDA Legislation (NC Session Law 2011-115)

 TDA ByLaws (Adopted December 8, 2011)


To view information about the 2015-2016 budget go to:

2015 Strategic Plan and Marketing Plan

2015-2016 Budget and Background



2015-2016 TDA Board Meetings:

All Board Meetings are held in the Woodrow Jones Building* conference room at 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted.

July 30th, 2015 - Cancelled

September 10th, 2015- Rescheduled for September 16th, 2015 at 12 noon.

October 22nd, 2015

December 3rd, 2015

January 14th, 2016

February 25th, 2016

March 17th, 2016 (board retreat) - Cancelled

April 7th, 2016 - Rutherfordton Club House

May 5th, 2016

June 16th, 2016 (notice of public hearing) Woodrow Jones Building-Main Conference Room 12 noon.


2015-2016 TDA Board Members:

Richard Lundy (Chair)

Dawn Hemmelgarn (1st Vice Chair)

Willard Whitson (2nd Vice Chair)

Diane Barrett (Secretary)

Amy Bridges

Barbara Meliski

Dave Long

Jeff Bradley

Tammy Martell




RCTDA  Executive Committee:

Richard Lundy: Board Chair

Dawn Hemmelgarn: 1st Vice Chair

Willard Whitson: 2nd Vice Chair

Meetings are held at 8:00am at the Woodrow Jones Building* unless otherwise noted.

July 23rd, 2015

September 3rd, 2015

October 14th, 2015 - 10am

October 27th, 2015 - 11am

December 11th, 2015 - 1pm at Rumbling Bald Resort

January 12th, 2016 - 9:30 am at  Bechtler House

January 20th 2016 - 11:00 am at The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock (cancelled due to inclement weather)

February 16th, 2016 - 11:00 am at Bechtler House

March 31st, 2016- 1:00 pm at the Woodrow Jones Bldg. Rutherfordton

April 28th, 2016-3:30pm at the Woodrow Jones Bldg. Rutherfordton

May 26th, 2016


RCTDA Finance Committee:

TDA Interim Director: Don Cason

Taylor Hardin: Administrative Assistant (TDA)

Paula Roach: Finance Director/Rutherford County 

Willard Whitson: 2nd Vice Chair


Meeting Dates:

January 7th 10 am - County Annex

February 18th 9:30 am - County Annex


VIN/Information Committee:

Information Committee Chair: Dawn Hemmelgarn

Tammy Martell- Board member

Wesley Alexander- Information Services Director (TDA)

Karen Tegen- Project Manager (TDA)


VIN/Wayfinding Committee:

TDA Executive Director

Mark Teague

Kristy Carter

Laura Greene

Amy Bridges

Barbara Meliski

Karen Tegen


Meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Jones Building in Rutherfordton.

July 15, 2015-Cancelled

August 19, 2015-Cancelled

September 16, 2015-Rescheduled September 30, 2015

October 21, 2015

November 18, 2015

December-No Meeting

January 20th, 2016

February 1st, 2016 - Cancelled

February 10th, 2016 - 1pm Meetings on Main

March 9th, 2016 - Cancelled

April 13th, 2016

May 11th, 2016

June 8th, 2016


Visitor Information Network Wayfinding Master Plan 

Static Sign Progress Map:



Director Search Committee:

Richard Lundy: Board Chair

Karen Tegen: Project Manager

Barbara Meliski: Board Member

Tammy Martell: Board Member



February 5th, 2016: 9:30 am - Bechtler House

February 24th, 2016 11:00 am (conference call)


Website Committee:

Richard Lundy: Board Chair

Willard Whitson: 2nd Vice Chair

Tammy Martell: Board Member

Dave Long: Board Member

Staff Members from TDA and McConnell Group


 Questions about Occupancy Taxes?

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



*Woodrow Jones Building

Location: 146 Main 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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