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Columbia County Tourist Development Council Moving Ahead With New Sports Complex Website

Paulette Lord at the computer.                                                               (Photo: ColumbiaCountyObserver)

Columbia County's Tourist Development Council is moving ahead of the curve and has begun developing a new web site to promote Columbia County's expanding Southside Sports Complex. Director Harvey Campbell's team of Paulette Lord and Brenda Clemente at the TDC offices have obtained a matching $2,500 advertising grant from Visit Florida to develop the new sports marketing website. The TDC team plans to have the website up and running in December in time to promote the spring and summer tournaments.

Facts about the Tourist Development Council:

  • The Tourist Development Council works with local tourism industry members to develop and market the amenities of Columbia County for increased tourism and positive economic impact. The TDC focuses primarily on nature-based and heritage tourism.
  • Promotes the development of tourist attractions and special events to enhance Columbia County as a tourist and meeting destination.
  • Promotes the development of regional sports tournaments to enhance and utilize current fields when not in use by local league play.
  • Promotes Meeting business of 250 or less. The TDC office helps those conferences with housing, space, catering, and transportation
  • Solicits sponsors and maintains the 5 median islands on U.S. 90 West, just east of the I-75 interchange.
  • Acts as the Public Information Office for the Columbia County Emergency Management Office in the event of a large scale emergency situation.
  • Maintains the websites for Columbia County Tourism and Florida’s Suwannee River Valley
  • Acts as the Film Commission for Columbia County.

How is the TDC funded?

  • The Columbia County TDC is required to be “self-contained” and no general revenue dollars have ever been used for operation of the Tourist Development Council.
  • The Tourist Development Council is a county department and operates under the direct authority of the County Manager.
  • Purchasing is done in compliance with county policies and  purchase orders are required from the purchasing director.
  • The Columbia County TDC is funded by the Tourist Development Tax

The TDC Staff:

  • Director:  Harvey Campbell
  • Marketing Director:  Paulette Lord
  • Information Specialist:  Brenda Clemente

The Unsung Heroes of the the Sports Complex

  • Clint Pitman and his landscaping and grounds crew. Without these guys the complex would not be the showcase that it is.

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