Jessica Beatty, Executive Director of the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau introduced herself to the Marshall County Commissioners last week.  She told them she was appointed to the position in February of this year.

Marshall County Tourism is an independent, not-for-profit governmental authority created to emphasize and develop economic vitality and long-term livability by enhancing the growth of the tourist and hospitality industry in the county.

The tourism impact in Marshall County is greater than people think.  There are 2,015 jobs in Marshall County as a result of the tourism industry.  Marshall County visitors generated $149.1 million in direct spending and generated $9.7 million in local tax dollars. In Marshall County, visitor spending is 35% on food and beverage, 25% on shopping, 17% on transportation, 9% on attractions, 8% on lodging, and 6% on souvenirs. 

Beatty told the commissioners she helps promote Marshall County and can assist them with their needs. 

County Attorney Jim Clevenger reminded the commissioners of a conflict between the County Tourism Board and a group of representatives from Culver on how the innkeeper’s tax funds are distributed.  The commissioners recommended the two work on a compromise.  Clevenger also said legislation changed on the appointment of members to the tourism board.  He said the commissioners may need to address the changes.