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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.


2016-2017  Proposed Budget

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Tourism Development Authority Board in the meeting area of the Woodrow Jones Building, 146 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 on June 16th, 2016 at 12 noon regarding the proposed Tourism Development Authority budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. All interested parties are invited to attend. The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is available for inspection in the Tourism Development Authority offices located at 146 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139.


Visit the TDA Website!

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.

June 28th, 2016 Special Called Board Meeting 10:00 a.m. Woodrow Jones Building 

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

June 14th - 3:00 pm at the Woodrow Jones Bldg. Rutherfordton


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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