Bacon: Playing the long game

Friday, August 30, 2019

We know how wonderful the state of Indiana is, and we want to share it with the rest of the world. Tourism means jobs and opportunity, and in our area, we have events like the Korn Ferry Tour Golf Championship, which benefit our community and stimulate our local economy, helping our businesses and families.

The Korn Ferry Tour Golf Championship is the primary pathway for those seeking to earn a place on the PGA Tour held at Newburgh’s Victoria National golf course Labor Day weekend. Each year, this tournament brings thousands of dollars and visitors to our community, and I encourage you to participate in upcoming events in the future.

Just like golf, our state and local community are playing the long game when it comes to tourism. It’s not just about having one successful event, but about establishing our area as a place where people want to live and visit. Thankfully, Southern Indiana is blessed with natural beauty and hosts numerous events and attractions that bring visitors; however, more work remains to be done to promote tourism here and around our state. This vibrant industry is only expected to grow, and I want our area to benefit from this opportunity.

Tourism has proven to be one of the most effective means to drive job creation and economic development in local communities. In 2017, Indiana welcomed nearly 80 million visitors generating over $13 billion and providing hundreds of thousands of full-time jobs. Visitors to Indiana are responsible for creating $1.4 billion in state and local taxes, saving Hoosier households an average of $561 every year.

As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is a natural destination for conferences, conventions and sporting events. Our community in particular is home to state parks and attractions for Hoosiers and visitors to experience and enjoy, and it is important that we promote tourism and growth to help our local businesses and families.

Our community must continue to develop and promote the wonderful places and events that take place here so that we can continue to thrive and share our blessings with others.

For more information about things to do in Indiana and our district, check out visitindiana.com. You can also find informative brochures, discounts for events and attractions and additional information. As always, contact my office with any questions or input at 317-232-9643 or h75@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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