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


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 information about the 2015-2016 budget go to:

2015 Strategic Plan and Marketing Plan

2015-2016 Budget and Background



 Executive Director: Michelle Whitaker(email)


2014-2015 TDA Board Meetings:

All Board Meetings are held in the Bechtler House* conference room at 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted.

December 11th, 2014

January 22nd, 2015

February 23rd, 2015 

Special Called Board Meeting to discuss Budget 2:00 p.m. Location: Bechtler House

 March 19th, 2015

This meeting will be located at the Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC

April 23rd, 2015 

May 21st, 2015 (NOTICE OF TIME CHANGE: Meeting will be held at 3:30 pm)

June 3rd, 2015: Rescheduled meeting from May 21st, 2015. Will be held at 12 noon.

June 18th, 2015 : Rescheduled for June 29th, 2015 (Notice of Public Hearing)


2014-2015 TDA Board Members:

Dawn Hemmelgarn (Chair)

Dan Hegeman(1st Vice Chair)

Denise Holland (2nd Vice Chair)

Jamie Harris

Richard Lundy

Amy Bridges

Don Cason

Willard Whitson

Diane Barrett





RCTDA Executive Committee Meetings:

Meetings are held at 8:00am at the Bechtler House Office* unless otherwise noted.

February 23rd, 2015  3:00 p.m.-CANCELLED

March 12th, 2015

April 16th, 2015

May 14th, 2015 - CANCELLED

June 11th, 2015


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


RCTDA Finance Committee Meetings:

These meetings take place at 9:00 am in the Rutherford County Offices Building, unless otherwise noted.

February-No Meeting

March 17th, 2015- Cancelled

April 21st, 2015

May 19th, 2015

June 16th, 2015


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


2015 VIN/Wayfinding Committee Meetings:

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

March 4, 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


Visitor Information Network Wayfinding Master Plan 

Static Sign Progress Map:





 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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