Bath County’s 2016 New Year’s Resolution: We resolve to finalize, obtain approval for and implement our newly crafted county-wide economic development strategic plan. We look forward to making our plan a reality.

February Update & Focus: Bath County has welcomed travelers from around the world and from all walks of life since the 18th century. Presidents, generals, kings, musicians, artists and writers as well as generations of families have enjoyed the gracious hospitality that is the trademark of the area. Famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation and cultural arts, Bath County is a captivating four-season destination.

In May of 2015, Bath County joined the surrounding counties of Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Highland and Roanoke and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem to form the new Virginia Mountains tourism region. The new designation by the Virginia Tourism Corporation became official on January 1, 2016, and will promote scenic drives throughout the mountains as connectors to charming towns and vibrant cities, each with its own genuine brand of local culture, historic sites and delicious food. This month, Bath County released their new tourism video that captures the beauty of the county as well as its personality influenced by its history, hospitality and arts community.

To build on this successful ecotourism-based economy with new jobs and a diversified local economy, Bath County is working through the final stages of a strategic economic development plan.  This effort will allow the locality to emphasize and enhance their existing successful tourism industry, while expanding the economy to allow for future growth within the region.  The County’s Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority, and refocused Office of Tourism and Economic Development are working together to finalize this strategic plan, lay the groundwork for implementation, and welcome a new economy to bucolic, historic, vibrant Bath County.  For more information contact Maggie Anderson, Director of Tourism and Economic Development, and visit http://www.discoverbath.com/.