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Danville Assistant Town Manager Honored by Lt. Governor for Tourism

DANVILLE, IN (August 20, 2014) - A Hendricks County individual who has become known for her tireless work in overseeing highly successful festivals and a thriving downtown received statewide recognition for her service to Indiana tourism last week.

Laura Parker, Danville's Assistant Town Manager, was one of 18 recipients of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Hoosier Hospitality Awards during an afternoon ceremony at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Parker and other honorees with their awards in conjunction with the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 15.

"Without today's recipients doing their jobs in such an outstanding way, our tourism efforts would be meaningless," Ellspermann said. "These professionals and their Hoosier Hospitality are the heart and soul of the Indiana tourism industry."

In addition to her day-to-day duties with the town, Parker serves as the driving force behind the Downtown Danville Partnership, an organization dedicated to develop, promote and sustain Danville's historic Courthouse Square and Downtown. Her influence on that group has impacted Hendricks County tourism in a positive way through signature events such as Christmas on the Square, Game On! Downtown, First Friday Cruise-Ins, Summer Sounds on the Square and this year's inaugural and highly successful Mayberry in the Midwest festival.

"She recognizes the benefits visitor spending and tourism have on Danville and in turn Hendricks County, this region and state," said Jaime Bohler Smith, executive director of Visit Hendricks County. "As a result, any event or attraction she is involved with has her imprint of making the visitor experience second to none. Laura Parker is the epitome of what this award is all about."

Nominations for Hoosier Hospitality Awards are submitted by community members and destination patrons. Nominations are reviewed and winners are selected by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Tourism is big business in Indiana. An economic impact report released in December 2013 shows the travel, tourism and hospitality industry is the sixth largest industry in the state (excluding government), is directly responsible for nearly 140,000 jobs, generates over $2.1 billion in tax receipts and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses.

The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at TourHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.