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Tourism Task Force

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has appointed the following members to the Tourism Task Force, created by House Enrolled Act 1001 during the 2017 legislative session:

  • Elaine Bedel, President, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • Jeffrey Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Schahet Hotels, Inc.
  • Matthew Carter, Vice President – Destination Development, Visit Indy
  • Dr. Amanda Cecil, Associate Professor & Chair, IUPUI – School of Physical Education & Tourism Management; Dept. of Tourism, Conventions & Event Management
  • Pete Eshelman, Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Decuis
  • Mark Newman, Executive Director, Indiana Office of Tourism Development, ex officio

The task force shall:

Study the operating structure of state tourism departments in other states, including the following:

  1. Whether these tourism departments use public-private partnerships.
  2. The level of state funding provided to state tourism departments.
  3. The relationship between state funding of a state’s tourism department and the economic impact of tourism on the state.