Georgetown Edition - February 2020

GEORGETOWN EDITION

VOLUME 13, ISSUE 6  FEB. 21MAR 19, 2020

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Demand forwater increases

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100,000 customers serviced by city water utilities

$47.4M utility

440

10 Number of major projects invested in FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20

investment in FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20

square-mile service area

SOURCE: CITY OF GEORGETOWNCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

The Georgetown Utility Systems control room operates 24/7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tourismstrategicplan implemented tomanagemoreGeorgetownvisitors

Visitor Spending The number of tourists coming to Georgetown for dining, shopping and entertainment experiences in georgetown

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

Georgetown’s hotel occupancy tax revenue has increased more than 100% since 2014, so one year ago, convention and visitors bureau sta decided they needed an ocial plan to best handle the increasing funds. The bureau contracted with a consulting rm, and the tourism strategic planwas built fromApril-Sep- tember and presented to City Council

in October. “Having a new plan will ensure the [bureau] sta and board focuses our energy, resources and time in the proper direction,” Tourism Manager Cari Miller said at the Oct. 8 meeting. According to JohnWhisenant, senior consultant with North Star Destina- tion Strategies—the rm the bureau CONTINUED ON 32

is increasing, and as a result, so is the total money they are spending when in town.

SOURCES: THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TRAVEL ON TEXAS REPORT 2018, GEORGETOWN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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