AUGUSTA — Janet Hunt is the new part-time tourism director for Augusta.
According to city officials, in addition to tourism director, Hunt will also be in charge of the parks and recreation, promoting the city and assisting other departments and local businesses.
Hunt is a native of Fleming County who moved to Augusta 11 years ago with her husband. Together, they have two sons.
“I grew up in Fleming County, but we were both working at Clopay at the time and needing something closer,” she said. “So, we moved to Augusta and we’ve been here ever since.”
Hunt said she applied for the position because she loves the town and wants to be able to show others what Augusta has to offer.
“I felt like I could help in the advertising and marketing department to help get the word out about Augusta,” she said. “I’m a people person and I feel like I can help promote the city.”
Hunt said her goals include working with the local businesses and promoting the city.
“I plan to work with all of our local businesses to help promote everything Augusta has to offer on social media and to let people know the town is here,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed living in Augusta. The people are so friendly and it’s a beautiful town that I want to see others enjoy as well.”
Hunt is replacing Lacey Holleran, who left the Augusta position to accept the tourism director position in Maysville.
Holleran began working in Maysville in May.
According to information from the city of Augusta, tourism in Bracken County generated more than $1.5 million in 2017 and more than $1.4 million in 2016.
In 2017, there was $1.4 million in direct tourist spending, $545,060 worker income produced, $33,301 in local tax revenues, $222,570 state tax revenue created and 120 jobs supported.
According to the information, tourist spending increased 8.9 percent in 2017 from 2016.