WMTH Corporation
P.O. Box 51153
Bowling Green, KY
42102
(270) 782-8699
FAX 721-0004

REFERENCES

REFERENCES:
  • Tracy Bailey, Cumberland Tourism
    506 W. Main Street, Cumberland, KY 40823
    (606) 589-5812 or (606) 273-6007 Cell
    ctourism@windstream.net


    WMTH partnered with Vaughn & Melton Engineering and two other firms to develop a plan for a trail connecting Kingdom Come State Park to the Tri-Cities of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch. In the process, the team idientified over 30 existing and potential sites and assisted the communities in their efforts to obtain Trail Town designation.

  • Bill Owens, Owens Economics, LLC (previously Senior VP, Economic Research Associate (ERA), Washington, DC 20036)
    12315 Valley High Road
    Herndon, VA 20170
    (751) 481-7122
    bill.owens@owenseconomics.com

    Development of themed Trails:
    WMTH Corporation partnered with ERA and received two Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federal grants to develop themed trails in both West Virginia and Tennessee.
  • For the eight counties in Tennessee, we created multiple themes along the proposed route including a Civil War Trail, an equestrian trail, an arts & crafts trail, and a marina trail and compiled information required for the entire route to become a national scenic byway. http://bigsouthforkcountry.com
  • For the eight counties of West Virginia, we focused specifically on a Rail - Coal themed driving tour: http: trailsrus.com/railcoalwv. WMTH Corporation also developed an inventory website of all tourism offerings and amenities in an 8-county area. http://trailsrus.com/westvirginia
    Prior to this, they worked together on an 18-county tourism inventory/strategic plan for Kentucky and a 24 county multi-state plan for Tennessee and Kentucky.



  • Buzz Witt
    Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (SRRA)
    P.O. Box 408
    Norton, VA 24273
    (276) 275-3743
    buzzywitt@yahoo.com


    In-depth Study and Economic Impact Potential of Trail Devleopment:
    In April 2009, through grants from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission and the Motorcycle Industry Council/Specialty Vechicle Institute of America, Southwest Regional Recreational Authority hired WMTH Corporation to conduct an in-depth trail study for Tazewell, Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Wise, Russell counties and City of Norton.
  • Site visits to every community
  • Inventory and mapping of existing and potential trails
  • Inventory of other offerings and amenities to compliment the trails and provide the services, required by those traveling to the area and staying for hours, days and possibly longer.
  • And the creation of the trailsrus.com/swvirginia website
    WMTH Corporation also conducted in-depth research of other areas that have seen economic growth through trails development and examined how southwest Viriginia might too capitalize on this as a revenue generator for their communities.
  • Randall Rose
    Virginia Tourism Corporation
    305 Canterbury Road
    Bluefield , VA 24604
    (276) 322-2044
    rrose@virginia.org


    Development of Coal Heritage Corridor Management Plan:
    In 2010, the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail Advisory Committee under the Heart of the Appalachia Authority, hired WMTH Corporation to develop a corridor management plan for a 325 mile scenic byway thorugh seven counties. Twelve community meetings were held over a two month period, a "mile-by-mile" photo inventory of the route was created, and an extensive action plan was developed. Within the plan are detailed walking tours, interpretive signs, wayside exhibits, brochure concepts, all of which are now being implemented. The corridor management plan in its entirety, is online at trailsrus.com/vacoaltrail.


 

 
  • Larry Elkins, Judge Executive
    Calloway County Fiscal Court
    101 South 5th Street
    Murray, KY 42071
    (270) 753-2920
    judgelarry@murray-ky.net


    Kentucky Gails a National Park:
    WMTH Corporation worked with Calloway County Fiscal Court, U.S. and state legislators, the National Park Service, and Civil War enthusiasts to raise the funds to purchase a historic Civil War site from private landowners. Three grants totaling over $1 million dollars were written by WMTH Corporation for the County. All were awarded. After testifying before Congress and gaining support from legislators and individuals from across the United States, Fort Heiman became a part of the National Park System in 2006. For more on this, visit: trailsrus.com/fortheiman.