Leadership Liberty-CVB Session June 2014
This week was our last session of Leadership Liberty for the class of 2013-2014. We ended with the tourism session, hosted by the Liberty County CVB. We started our tour at the Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery, moved on to Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, lunched at Hampton Island and finished with the Midway Cemetery.
The Gallery was a great reminder of how the presence of art in the community elevates appreciation for art and provides a sense of shared aesthetic value. There are several projects in the gallery as well as the mural on the outside that were completed by Liberty County residents.
We then journeyed to Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center for a nature exploration. The sites were beautiful and it’s amazing that a preserve like this is right outside our back door.
After traveling down a dirt road to Riceboro, we ended up at Hampton Island for lunch. It’s an exclusive vacation community with numerous luxuries and amenities but with a focus on nature and family.
Our last stop was the Midway Cemetery, a serene and lovely place of rest for so many of the people that were instrumental in building Liberty County.
All the places were fantastic to visit and our class enjoyed the day immensely. Working for the Chamber and now the CVB has given me an opportunity to visit so many fascinating places in our county. Liberty County has a rich history and many activities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. We are not Savannah and I think that’s a good thing. There are plenty of “Savannahs” in the world. Our county has a small town feel with lots of history, art and natural beauty. Sometimes you just have to look for it a little harder. That’s where the CVB can help. If you want to be a tourist in your own town, visit our website or call the CVB. We can help you find plenty of sites to visit. The CVB’s purpose is to promote and bring tourism to Liberty County but it starts with our own community. We want to keep money here to help local business owner and our tourist attractions. Having a tourism session with Leadership Liberty is a great way to spread the knowledge of our community to our budding leaders.
For me, the theme of Leadership Liberty is collaboration. Our county and city governments, our medical system, board of education, Development Authority, CVB and Ft. Stewart all must support each other in order to have a strong and constantly improving community. That’s what I’ve learned this year. We are all connected and must not consider any one aspect more important than another. We all rely on each entity to bring needed services to individuals, our community as a whole and our visitors. Leadership Liberty has given me an understanding of how our county works and I’ve learned that it’s always better if we are working together.
Click here to view the photo gallery for this Leadership Liberty session.
-Amanda Scott, CVB Program Manager & Leadership Liberty Class President 2013-2014