CHARLESTON, WV – Senate Majority Whip Richard Browning (D- Wyoming) announced today that the a contract has been awarded to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. to work with the West Virginia Division of Tourism to analyze all aspects of the State’s tourism industry.
Senator Browning assembled a working group in 2009 to develop the Request for Proposal for this study. The group included members of the Commission on Economic Development, West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, the Division of Tourism, the Tourism Commission, the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority and other private individuals.
“My goal is to provide more diversification for the economy in West Virginia,” says Browning. “ We are blessed with abundant natural energy resources which serve as the base and foundation for our economy. Often though, because of fluctuations in the world energy market, that is not enough to sustain a constant quality of life. I believe that developing tourism in West Virginia is a first step in attempting to help level things out by providing jobs necessary to sustain a long-term economy.”
AECOM will work with the West Virginia Division of Tourism to assemble a detailed strategic plan to sustain and grow this sector of the State’s economy for the next ten years.
Senator Browning says AECOM has extensive knowledge of the tourism industry as it relates to economic development and has the significant background to accomplish this study. Senator Browning says AECOM has committed to work with his original working group as the study advances.