Holleran leaves Augusta tourism for Maysville

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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AUGUSTA — Tourism Director Lacey Holleran has left her position and will begin working as the tourism director in Maysville next week.

Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said Holleran was recommended by several people and interviewed by two members of the tourism board, the city manager and city’s human resource manager before being chosen from a pool of numerous applicants.

“We had a lot of people apply,” Cartmell said. “(Holleran) was highly recommended and we’re looking forward to working with her.”

Cartmell said Holleran’s duties will include working to promote Maysville and help create more of a destination for people to visit, as well as working on the new B-line promotion and the entertainment district.

“She’s going to be responsible for putting heads in the beds, more or less,” Cartmell said. “There are plenty of things for her to work on. She’ll be responsible for outreach, festival coordination and just getting the word out about Maysville.”

In Augusta, city officials are advertising for a part-time tourism director.

According to city officials, the tourism director will also be in charge of the parks and recreation, promoting the city and assisting other departments and local businesses.

“The director will be the principal staff person responsible for promoting the city of Augusta and Bracken County via social media and other available means, and is responsible, with the assistance of other departments and local businesses and organizations when necessary, for implementing beautification initiatives and projects, in parks, on streets and other areas within the city; and to perform other duties as assigned,” city officials said in a Facebook post.

According to the advertisement for the job, pay for the position will be based on prior experience.

Applications for the position can be picked up at the Augusta City Offices or resumes can be mailed to City of Augusta, P.O. Box 85, Augusta, Ky. 41002.

The application deadline is May 30.

At a recent city council meeting, Mayor Wendell High announced the position would be changed from full-time to part-time.

During the meeting, High said he hopes to have someone hired by the June city council meeting.

According to information from the city of Augusta, tourism in Bracken County generated over $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, tourists spending increased 8.9 percent in 2017 from 2016.

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Christy Howell-Hoots

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