Staunton Mayor Lacy King wants to bring more tourists to the Queen City, as he mentioned in his State of the City address.
He hopes to do that with a new tourism agreement. The Greater Augusta Regional Tourism agreement, or GART, was signed last year between Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.
Since that time, Staunton Vice Mayor David Metz says the GART Board is in the process of obtaining a marketing agent, to increase advertising. He says a combined effort is essential in promoting tourism.
"And the feeling is in a regional effort. Things that we can do regionally that we cannot do individually and so the money that would be spent on getting efforts in that basis would be far more effectively spent towards a joint cooperation agreement," says Metz.
King says the formal agreement strengthens individual tourism efforts.