New faces enlist in the Tennessee River Valley Regional Defense Group mission

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Kim Davis of southwestern Virginia and Kerry Allen of southwestern Kentucky served on the TRVSC Board of Directors at the group’s quarterly meeting in January 2022.

Two new directors have joined the board of the Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council, the largest nonprofit organization in the southern United States promoting resource conservation and outdoor recreation combined with the principles of geotourism.

Kim Davis of southwestern Virginia and Kerry Allen of southwestern Kentucky served on the TRVSC Board of Directors at the group’s quarterly meeting in January 2022.

Both are dedicated to – and long champions of – the commitments, concepts and businesses associated with geotourism, which is fundamental to the mission of the TRV Stewardship Council.

The term “geotourism” refers to regional and local efforts aimed at promoting economic growth while simultaneously improving the geographic character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, as well as present and future well-being. of its residents.

The Stewardship Council is dedicated to promoting volunteer environmental cleanup efforts, assisting independent small businesses, facilitating cultural heritage education and awareness, and highlighting the endless nature-based recreational potential in an area of ​​seven states in the southern United States, including parts of Virginia. , North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Davis and Allen are very active in their respective regions of the Tennessee River Basin, and each has spent years encouraging responsible tourism-driven economic development and advocating for innovative and productive partnerships among stakeholder groups with vested interests. in heritage preservation and efforts to improve the quality of life of local communities.

Kim Davis

Originally from Bristol, Virginia, Kim is a seasoned marketing and tourism professional with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, communications marketing and large-scale event management. ladder.

She is currently the Executive Director of Friends of Southwest Virginia, a group that works to “encourage the economic development of Southwest Virginia through the expansion of cultural and natural heritage businesses and initiatives related to tourism and other asset-based businesses”.

Prior to leading Friends of SWVA, Kim was Director of Marketing for Bristol’s world-renowned Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginie to learn not only about a uniquely American musical art form, but to discover the cultural richness and breathtaking scenery of the spectacular and fascinating region that produced the genre that today enjoys global appeal. .

Kerry Allen

Born and raised in Trigg County, Kentucky, Kerry Allen is eager to share the wealth of recreational assets and cultural resources in her region, including Barkley Lake, Kentucky Lake and the vast and extraordinary Land Between National Recreation Area. the Lakes.

“The main thing I hope to achieve is to put Kentucky on the same platform as the other states associated with the Tennessee River Valley, Allen said. “Being the only person and the first in Kentucky, I am very honored to be part of the association.”

Allen graduated from Trigg County High School in 1983 and Hopkinsville Community College in 1995.

His career in land and water conservation, honoring local heritage and promoting tourism in the region includes more than 25 years of work at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Since 2008, Allen has also been an active member of the Lake Region Coalition, where he has “held every position that exists” for the organization.

The Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization, serves as the steering committee and editorial board for the Geotourism MapGuide website. It is made up of volunteers from a region of seven states. The Council’s efforts are made possible through the generous support of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

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