The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority and local leaders have worked for nearly two years to develop a vision for improving quality of life infrastructure to meet the demands of the new economy.
The Rutherford Bound Master Plan outlines a bold vision for community revitalization, streetscape investments, and a destination-quality system of greenways, trails, and parks.
These elements are not mere "wants," but are critical investments we must make as a community to ensure Rutherford County can effectively compete for visitors, new business and industry, and a talented workforce.
We've got to show people, grant agencies, state and federal government, that we are serious about this and we're willing to invest so that they'll be willing to step up to the plate and invest with us. Let's all invest what we can and make the county and our backyard better for all of us.
- Peter O'Leary, Mayor, Chimney Rock Village
By leveraging our compelling natural and cultural assets, Rutherford County must continue its effort to increase outdoor recreation opportunities, including biking, hiking, paddling, rock climbing, and more. Also, we must invest in our Main Street communities to provide a quality visitor experience and attract new private sector investment and business growth.
What makes a place great to visit is often what makes it a great place to live. By improving walkability, enhancing connectivity among our downtowns, and increasing access to the great outdoors, Rutherford County will be a leader in quality of life for its citizens and a welcoming destination for active travelers.
It’s true. Local industries are seeing their workers commute up to an hour away to live in areas with a higher quality of life. Also, in the era of a new economy, workers can often choose where they live. Rutherford County must position itself to attract new families and workers of all skill levels. Rutherford Bound outlines the infrastructure investments necessary to make this a reality.