Representing Hamilton County on Culture, Nature, Heritage and Rural Committee

Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced Executive Director Susan Ramsey has been named to the Culture, Nature, Heritage and Rural Committee of VISIT FLORIDA.

The purpose of the committee is to develop and promote the growing segments of nature based tourism, cultural heritage tourism and rural heritage tourism, to increase Florida visitors and promote extended stays for greater economic benefit and quality of life for all areas of the state.

“Hamilton County is a rural area rich in history and loaded with real southern charm, perfectly located at Florida’s primary northern entry way. Between our springs, river banks, towering pines and moss draped oaks, our county makes the perfect backdrop for music and arts festivals, camping, biking and enjoying the outdoors,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA. “I look forward to sharing all that Hamilton County has to offer while serving on this committee.”

Visitors play a vital role in the Hamilton County economy. Each year, Hamilton County welcomes thousands to the county to enjoy the Jasper Wild Blackberry Festival, Jennings Peanut Festival, and the White Springs Wiled Azalea Festival. From Folk Fest to the upcoming Party in the Pines Country Music Festival, Hamilton county is known as a festival hotspot. Home to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Hamilton County also exudes rich history along the banks of the Suwannee River. Each visitor that experiences the county’s rich history also boosts the local economy. According to VISIT FLORIDA, every 76 visitors to the state supports one tourism job.

Highlighting Hamilton County’s logistical strengths as well as its rural and agrarian history to both businesses and visitors served as key component of the strategic overview and marketing plan conducted by VisionFirst Advisors in 2016. Since the plan’s development the HCDA has been committed to implementing the plan’s recommendations and by serving on this committee, Executive Director Susan Ramsey has an excellent platform to further these objectives.