The possibility of Paintsville becoming a certified “Trail Town” was discussed at the Johnson County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday.
Lara Pack with the Paintsville Trail Town Committee spoke to the fiscal court and Judge Daniel about all the work being done in an effort to have Paintsville designated as a Trail Town.
Pack said this is a win-win for everyone and that their Monday meeting was very successful.
Pack went on to say other towns such as Louisa, Prestonsburg, Pikeville and even Elkhorn City are backing this proposal.
Committee members believe getting Paintsville designated as a Trail Town could bring in millions of dollars in tourist trade to the area over the long run.
Johnson County Judge Executive Tucker Daniel and the fiscal court gave their approval on Tuesday and promised to do everything they could to help in the efforts.
Several people in Paintsville are working on a project to get the city certified as a “Trail Town.”
The topic was discussed at Monday’s Paintsville City Council meeting.
Officials say the certification would bring in more tourists and be an economic boom for the town.
Under the designation, Paintsville would be listed as a Trail Town with what organizers say has a big advantage – a creek that runs through the city off the Big Sandy River.
Those working toward the certification say adventure tourism could draw several thousand dollars to the city each year.