Three receive tourism ambassador certification

Three receive tourism ambassador certification
Pictured from left are Christina Byrd, Marshall Thomas and Craig "Rocky" Rockwell.

June 6, 2016

Martinsville, VA (June 6, 2014) – The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Tourism Division is pleased to announce that three more area residents have completed requirements to become Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassadors. Craig “Rocky” Rockwell, Operations Project Manager for USACE Philpott Lake, Marshall Thomas, Security Supervisor for New College Institute, and Christina Byrd, Paleontology Technician at Virginia Museum of Natural History, are the newest recipients of this title.

The Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassador program was created to train local residents to become community ambassadors that can positively represent the Martinsville-Henry County area. A series of requirements was developed so that those receiving certification can develop knowledge of area amenities and exceed expectations when interacting with visitors to the community. Many tourism volunteer opportunities are available such as photography, writing, assisting visitors to the community at the MHC Visitor Center and more.

For more information on the program, or to begin your Tourism Ambassador training, contact Heather Hoffman, Visitor Services Coordinator, at or 276.403.5948. You can also learn more information online at http://www.visitmartinsville. com/tourism-ambassador.

The mission of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is to create new job opportunities and expand the tax base for the area.  The organization strives to support and develop local industry, as well as market Martinsville-Henry County globally as an exceptional place to live, work and play.

The EDC is a public-private partnership between the City of Martinsville, Henry County, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) and the Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.


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