As we've moved into the implementation phase of the Destination Strategic Plan (DSP), we want to make sure we’re keeping our partners and other stakeholders “in the loop” about how Destination 2028 is progressing, as well as other notable recent developments which affect tourism. To that end, we are publishing a monthly update from president and CEO Dennis Edwards.

Here are highlights from Denny for December:

  • We are thrilled that several communities are working directly with GRCVB to implement components of the DSP. We have had many individual meetings with city and town staffs and have presented Destination 2028 priorities at retreats and area council meetings. There is truly a desire from virtually every community to use the DSP in future decisions.
  • The deadline to receive applications for director of destination development has passed. We have received several excellent résumés and will begin the interview process soon in hopes of having someone on board in Jan. 2019.
  • We look forward to welcoming Kerry Painter, CEM, CVE, CMP, the new director at Raleigh Convention Center in early January; she will play an essential role in efforts to optimize the convention center complex and make the necessary development around the facilities.
  • The Dorothea Dix Conservancy will be presenting the proposed master plan of the park to the Raleigh City Council in January. The plan is designed to lay the framework for infrastructure and programming that will draw both residents and overnight visitation.
  • We are also pleased that the N.C. Department of Transportation has agreed to ensure that there is a quality landscape component included in the final stages of the Fortify 40/440 project, which will include enhanced landscaping at the interchanges at Hammond Rd., S. Saunders St., Lake Wheeler Rd. and Gorman St. This effort certainly speaks to the Quality of Place mentioned in the DSP.

There have been many developments and plans set into motion in 2018, and the momentum will continue well into 2019 and beyond.

Please accept our wishes for a very happy new year!