WCHG Hosts Meet The Candidates Forum For Supervisor Candidates – Part Two
Warm Springs, Va – On Saturday October 29, Allegheny Mountain Radio hosted a “Meet The Candidates” forum for Bath Board of Supervisors candidates. In this story you will hear from two of the candidates: Bruce McWilliams from the Williamsville District and Jon Trees from the Warm Springs District. The candidates are responding to the question: How can Bath County grow its economy without sacrificing the rural community feeling?
Bruce McWilliams – “I think that Bath County’s future lies within the entrepreneurial spirit of small business. And I think those small businesses will be reflected through a tourism industry. I see a great potential for agri-tourism which leads into a quality of life that people may be looking for. It leaves a landscape unchanged from its rural nature. If we think about an entrepreneurial growth rather than an industrial growth, I think we’ve addressed the issue of how to maintain a quality of life that we’ve come to expect in a rural area, but also provide some opportunities through that.”
Jon Trees – “I think we’re already doing that. We’ve already created the Tourism Initiative, which was arranging the funding from that, making numerous trips to the General Assembly to get that done and in the direction that we’re going, it has already created jobs, it will create more jobs. It will see the opening of new businesses which there again will create more jobs. I think we’re on the right track. Tourism is our industry which we must capitalize on. We are doing that. To answer your question are tourists coming and spending money and for every dollar that they spend here a portion of that is going to come back to the county through sales tax, not to mention of course, the lodging tax and the meals tax. So if tourism is our main industry, we will remain as we are.”