Please Note: Because the National Scenic Byways Program is no longer funded, FHWA is no longer soliciting grant applications. Without funding for the Program, FHWA will not be moving forward with another round of designations of America's Byways® at this time.
This project will assist in the development of an education/information center. The CMP for this byway states that the byway organization should work closely with the surrounding valley to see whether the byway can assist with strengthening visitation through more extensive marketing. The new information center will focus on the key needs in the CMP for this byway. The CMP advises "The primary need for investment along the byway is to create interpretation that will lead the visitor." This completely eco-friendly facility will assist in meeting that need. Maintenance will be funded via a restaurant tax estimated to net an additional $250K/year.
This project benefits the byway traveler by integrating the stories of the surrounding area into the interpretive materials and promoting a strategy which enhances economic benefits from byway tourism. The history and development of mountain/country music has been preserved and promoted at an existing Entertainment Center. In addition to history and culture, the byway offers natural, recreational and scenic experiences. The development of the proposed facility will empower local tourism professionals the ability to inform the byway traveler of the significance of the byway's intrinsic qualities that form the byway's story as well as fulfilling multi-modal recommendations of the CMP.