Amy Ellis of Franklin has been named the Executive Director of Simpson County Tourism.
Ellis took over her duties as the new director in August after serving as the Executive Director of the Franklin-Simpson Renaissance since 2013.
As Simpson County’s Tourism Director, Ellis’s main objective will be promoting Franklin and Simpson County. She will play an integral part in economic development as well.
“I love our beautiful town and I am eager to share all of the wonderful things we have to offer here with travelers as they pass through our great state,” Ellis said. “We are a small, southern town with a tremendous amount of charm. The most valuable asset we have in Simpson County is our people and how caring and kind everyone is. In addition, our county is beautiful in every season of the year.”
Ellis said she would like to continue working with the businesses in the Historic Downtown District, which has seen a tremendous growth in the past seven years.
“My experience working with Renaissance was very rewarding.” Ellis said. “I am most proud of the Historic Downtown Preservation Ordinance that I worked with the City Commission to have enacted to protect our downtown buildings. By passing this ordinance our downtown has taken a positive step in preservation and pride. I am eager to expand this growth beyond the downtown area and I hope that through my work with Simpson County Tourism I can be a part of bigger things for the entire community.”
Ellis said that bringing people into our community to spend their money will boost Simpson County’s economy and help small businesses succeed. She said this can be accomplished by promoting what Simpson County has to offer.
Ellis lives in Franklin with her husband, John Ellis and they have two children and five grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University and worked as a photojournalist in Franklin for 22 years.