Greenbrier County has been a hub of activity lately, with a series of meetings and events shedding light on significant community developments and essential initiatives. From the impact of tourism on the local economy to efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and even updates on the Meadow River Rail Trail, here's a round-up of the key highlights from recent county activities.
The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented its annual report, revealing a remarkable 17% boost in tourism spending in 2022, hitting $5.3 billion. This surge in tourism brought 53,000 jobs and a windfall in income and taxes. The CVB's savvy campaigns delivered a dazzling $18.50 ROI for every advertising dollar spent. As phase one of the Meadow River Rail Trail nears opening, excitement builds for more visitors and local spending.
Greenbrier County marked September as National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month with a heartfelt ceremony. Alarming stats reveal suicide's toll, with 48,000 lives lost each year. The event paid tribute to Charles Randall Smith, an 18-year veteran of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department who battled suicide. The proclamation aims to destigmatize mental health conversations and foster community support.
The Meadow River Rail Trail Commission is gearing up for phase one's October 13th opening. Maintenance funds secured ensure trail safety. Willis Weed Whackers won a $7,000 mowing contract, beating a $24,000 bid. Adjacent property owners were notified, promoting transparency. A covenant preserves the trail's recreational, non-motorized character.
County officials considered extending funding for the Glenwood Area Broadband project to June 2024. Project management consultants will oversee courthouse renovations. A proposal for shift differential pay for 911 personnel awaits further review.
These developments underscore Greenbrier County's growth and commitment to community well-being.