Even though ASTC is an LLC, we are not in competition with others. Our legal structure does not require us to be transparent with stakeholders, but our value innovation prevents us from hiding information from others. ASTC becomes stronger when stakeholders better understand the atmospherics, and economic development potential of tourism, particularly nature based tourism in our 5 state service areas.
Our primary objective for 2021 is to network and develop our brand while making our 3 websites more robust,
We are glad to finally create a format that will grow and help others over time.
Another major focus was to look for revenue streams to support this social enterprise. After reaching out to numerous stakeholders and getting only a response from one (The city of Norton), we decided to make some radical changes to the social enterprise.
We believe we are so far out in front with our solutions to market failures that it would take years for other stakeholders to catch up. Please see this blog.
On September 6th, the 3 sites finally hit a point where the foundation is stable. The idea is to passively let the social enterprise diffuse into the region and focus on core areas such as,
Looking ahead, Nazario explained that the next phase of The Kentucky Wildlands initiative will be designating the region as Kentucky’s first and only National Heritage Area. At the direction of Congress, the National Park Service is determining if the region’s natural, cultural and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. If the National Heritage Area status is achieved, then the region will receive technical assistance and federal funding through the National Park Service.
“We know that the Appalachian natural gas boom hasn’t just failed to deliver growth and jobs and prosperity so far. We now know that it’s structurally incapable of doing so,” Ohio River Valley Institute senior researcher Sean O’Leary contended during a webinar on the reports Tuesday. “[That] means that a lot of economic development strategies in the region need to be rethought.”
The class of 53 includes people from 21 states and the District of Columbia, one as far away as Berlin, Germany with the most new residents coming from California. The average wage of the class is $105,000 annually.
The company is returning its customer service operations to the United States and will build a 30,000-square-foot facility at the 200-acre Project Intersection development at the junction of U.S. 23 and U.S. Highway 58.
Back in the 2nd quarter we created a blog on Becoming a Trail Coordinator. There are similarities to this job/career and our 2021 Goal of a Trail Crew/s to help fill the void between small rural towns and the massive acreage on public domain land.
No interest was shown here. We did make one update to the basic plan. An organization's Logo will be on each state trip planning page that applies. We also have it set up on the Stakeholder site for a Logo and a Twitter feed on our 4 landing pages.
We actually have 2 Twitter accounts. One has a list of accounts for the 65 topics on our Tourism Site, plus a few others to help with trip planning. In time that will be how we communicate with tourists who need help on the fly.