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FRIENDS OF GREENSBORO PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION AWARDED $25,000 GRANT

The Friends of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Foundation announces the receipt of a $25,000 grant from REI. As part of REI’s mission to care for and increase access to outdoor recreation places, the grant will be used to build a skills course and a pump track at Keeley Park. The pump track, a looping dirt track designed for bicycling without the use of pedals, will provide a unique recreational opportunity to increase physical fitness. Benefits of the track and skills course include cardio and muscle building, volunteer and mentoring opportunities, and developmental learning. The Foundation is also joining forces with the biking community in an online campaign to raise additional funds for the project to add site furnishings, signage, and other amenities.

To donate and learn more about the fundraising campaign and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.gofundme. com/Pump4GSO. Construction should begin at the close of the fundraising campaign.

STATE TOURISM OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE INCREASED VISITOR SPENDING IN FORSYTH COUNTY

Visit North Carolina announced today the results on the latest domestic tourism spending impact study and according to “The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties,” visitor spending in Forsyth County generated more than $785 million in 2014, up four percent over 2013 ranking Forsyth County’s economic impact sixth out of 100 counties in the state.

The study also reports that the visitor expenditures in Forsyth County generated more than $59 million in local and state tax revenues in 2014 an increase of four percent. The study attributed nearly 6,400 jobs in Forsyth County to the travel and tourism industry.

“Over the last five years tourism in Forsyth County has seen a 26% growth proving that this industry is a vital economic engine generating new dollars, contributing to our tax base and creating new jobs in our community,” said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem.

“Visit North Carolina’s study reinforces that Visit Winston-Salem’s strategic marketing and sales efforts are effectively connecting with our key audiences, especially meeting and convention planners, sports tournament organizers and

vacationers resulting in a positive influx of new visitor dollars,” said Geiger.

These county-by-county travel economic impact statistics are prepared annually by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association for Visit North Carolina.

TED OLIVER ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF WAR MEMORIAL COMMISSION

At its August meeting at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the War Memorial Commission unanimously elected Ted Oliver as its new chairman.

Appointed by Greensboro City Council, members of the War Memorial Commission serve as the volunteer advisory board for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Prior to this month’s election, Oliver had served as the Commission’s vice-chairman; he has been a member of the Commission since 2012. He succeeds Reid Phillips as chairman and will serve in this position through August of 2016.

Oliver is Senior VP – Investments for Davenport & Company in Greensboro. In addition to his tenure on the Commission, Oliver’s history of community service included serving as a member of Greensboro Performing Arts Center Task Force and Greensboro Aquatic Center Advisory Board as well as a fouryear (2004-2008) stint as president of Greensboro Swimming Association. A current member of the Greensboro Sports Council, he is also treasurer for the Summit Rotary Foundation.

In another unanimous vote, the War Memorial Commission elected Dr. Abdel Nuriddin as its new vice chairman. Nuriddin is the founder of the Genesis Health & Nutrition Center in Greensboro and also hosts a live weekly call-in television program on Greensboro Community Television. A former chairperson of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, he has been a War Memorial Commission member since 2012. !

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