The Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission hosted the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and local government entities and officials for a meal and informative meeting Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the historic Logan County Courthouse. Logan County has been invited to join the newly formed Southern Kentucky Film Commission which at present time includes, Warren, Barren, Hart, and Edmondson Counties, along with Cave City and Munfordville.
There was recently a Hallmark Channel movie titled, “Uncommon Grace,” which stars, Kelly McGillis from the movie Top Gun, filmed in Hart and Barren Counties thanks to the efforts of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission. Three more movies have been promised to the film commission to be made in those areas as well. It is estimated that the film brought in $500,000 in economic impact to the entire area during the six weeks of filming.
“There is currently a state film incentive that offers a real opportunity for economic impact outside the state’s urban areas. Southern Kentucky could be a premiere film making area, and Logan County needs to be able to position itself as such and market our community,” said Janie Gregory, Chairwoman of the Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission.
Logan County Tourism has extended the opportunity to partner together to help Logan County join in with the other counties to become a part of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission. All the local city governments, county government, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Logan LEAD and the Logan County Extension Service have been invited to join together to pay the $5,000 annual fee for being a part of the commission.
“We are so thankful that we had such a good turn out from community leaders,” said Gregory. “They attended the meeting to learn with us about this new and exciting opportunity that Logan County has been given to potentially grow our economy. The common goal of everyone involved is to see Logan County be the best it can be. We are eager to gain the support of our local leaders so we can join the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and draw the film industry into our county. There is no more beautiful scenery anywhere else than right here in our own community.”
For the investment, Logan County would be listed on the Southern Kentucky Film Commission website. On the website, Logan County can post potential filming locations from all around the county. Businesses will be included in the commission’s regional resource list. Logan County would be featured on all of the Film Commission’s social media. The Logan County Tourism director will also have a seat on the board and participate in decision making efforts for the Southern Kentucky Film Commission.
The Southern Kentucky Film Commission will have a booth at the AFCI Locations Conference in Burbank, Calif. in April to meet location directors and promote filming. Two WKU professors are on the Film Commission’s Advisory Board, and the commission also continues to seek potential mutually-beneficial projects such as internships and workforce training.
Southern Kentucky Film Commission members who attended the Wednesday evening meeting included: Sandra T. Wilson- Executive Director of Hart County Tourism, Coni Shepperd-Executive Director of Munfordville City Tourism and Rhonda Clemmons-Executive Director of Edmonson County Tourism.
Clemmons is a life-long resident of Edmonson County who studied at Western Kentucky University. She has worked for the Edmonson County Tourism Commission for over 20 years, and the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce for over seven years serving both agencies as their Executive Director. She is the Secretary for the Edmonson County Planning Commission and works part-time in tracking and enforcement for the Edmonson County Fiscal Court for Transient Room Tax and Recreation Tax Compliance. She serves on the Southern Kentucky Film Commission Board as Vice President. Clemmons also currently serves on Brownsville/Edmonson County Trail Town Board, Cave Country Trails Board, Friends of Nolin Lake Board, Caveland Marketing 3-County Board and Cave Lakes and Corvettes 10-County Board.
Shepperd is the Executive Director of the Munfordville Tourism Commission where she has worked for more than 10 years. Shepperd is the Marketing Chair for the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and is coordinating the commission’s online presence and the booth for the Commission at the AFCI Locations Conference in Burbank, Calif. in April. She also serves on the Caveland Marketing Association, Cave Country Trails, Hart County Fair, Leadership Hart County, and Cave Region Boards.
Wilson is the Executive Director of the Horse Cave/Hart County Tourist Commission. She is the Secretary of the Southern Kentucky Films Commission. She is also the president of Caveland Marketing Association and Cave Country Trails. She is a former president of the Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau and a former board member of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association. Wilson has served as council member and mayor of the City of Horse Cave. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University.
Logan’s Tourism Commission has asked each organization represented at the meeting to take the information provided at the meeting back to their boards to see if they would be willing to come aboard with Tourism to promote Logan County through the Southern Kentucky Film Commission.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.