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Members of the Greater Franklin County Committee are, front row, from left, Paul Chapman, Tarah Holland, Adam Lynch, Jon Snead; back row, Chris Whitlow , Mike Burnette, Lauren Parcetich, Jeremy Call, Kathleen Horton, Lynne Meece, Dan Quam and Vicki Gardner.
Friday, August 9, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
A committee of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce is focusing on enhancing services in Rocky Mount and all of Franklin County.
The Greater Franklin County Committee was formed earlier this year with members of the SML chamber, and the committee plans a meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Rocky Mount to talk about its plans and hear suggestions and concerns.
Adam Lynch, committee chairman, said the meeting will be held at The Franklin Center. starting at 9 a.m., and everyone is invited.
"We are going to go over some ideas and let everyone know what we are doing," he said. "We also want to hear from residents and business owners."
The committee wants to help fill a void left when the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce folded in 2010.
"A third of Smith Mountain Lake Chamber members are not lake-specific," he said. "We want to promote the entire county, not just the lake."
Lynch said many visitors to the lake are always looking for things to do, and the chamber wants to make sure they know of other sights, events and activities all around the county.
Visitors as well as residents should be able to look to the chamber for information, he said, whether it is steering visitors from the lake to the rest of the county or vice versa.
One of the initial steps has already been taken, and that was to make sure the chamber's tourism brochure includes the entire county, he said.
The committee now wants to involve as many people from Rocky Mount and the rest of the county in planning.
"We want to hear what they expect and what we can do to help them," Lynch said. "The chamber's theme this year is 'Blurring the Lines,' and we want to approach this as one county to benefit everyone."
Committee members will be present at the Aug. 14 meeting, he said.
"We want to collect ideas and suggestions," he added.