Officials in Cave Spring received feedback on Wednesday afternoon on ways to improve and market their community from the tourism arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Cindy Eidson, the Director of Tourism Product Development for the Explore Georgia tourism office of the GDEcD, states that the ultimate goal is to draw more visitors to Cave Spring.  The tourism group aims to help the community encourage its visitors to stay longer and spend more money.

This development plan follows a visit by Eidson’s group to Cave Spring back in September, during which they explored over 22 sites and structures.  Their  plan is intended to help Cave Spring officials expand and market their current assets. The suggestions included marketing via the arts and establishing Cave Spring as a trail hub.

A large crowd was on hand at Cave Spring’s City Hall on Wednesday to hear from these state tourism officials.  Sandra Lindsey, Director of the Downtown Development Authority, says that the feedback may be used as a roadmap for community development, though it will take time to execute.

The state tourism group urged Cave Spring officials to apply for TPD grants that may assist with implementation of a tourism development project. These grants total $10,000 and $5,000.