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Tourism launches redesigned mobile app

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Features focus on navigation and customized trips

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau has redesigned a mobile application officials believe will help visitors as they navigate the city.

In partnership with Discover Anywhere Mobile, the tourism board has launched an Elizabethtown app that is now available for free download for Apple, Android and other mobile devices, said Executive Director Sherry Murphyon Monday during Elizabethtown City Council’s voting meeting.

The app gives users access to local attractions and landmarks by allowing visitors to map their location and receive turn-by-turn directions. Users also can customize visits through a feature called “My Trip,” according to tourism officials.

The app is broken down into numerous categories: “Where to Eat,” “Where to Stay,” “What to Do,” “What’s Nearby,” “Festivals and Events,’ “Social Media,” “Elizabethtown Sports Park” and the aforementioned “My Trip” option.

The app can tap into tourism’s Facebook and Twitter updates and gives users an option to search for restaurant telephone numbers, and dates and times of events. Those who download the app also can post individual exchanges about their stops on social media networks.

Murphy said the app will help first-time visitors to the city find a range of attractions — from wooded hiking trails to Civil War sites — while keeping them informed of the latest information on performances or events.

The sports park feature also helps athletes and their families find the park while offering updates on events at the facility.

“Sports participants and their families are extremely tech-savvy,” said Janna Clark, sports and sales director for ETCB, in a statement. “This new app will make it easy for them to get around, stay informed and upgrade their social media feeds.”

The app is available on the Apple app store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elizabethtown-kentucky/id618088861?mt8.

“It’s a nice tool for our visitors and residents,” Murphy said.

In other actions

  • Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker proclaimed April Fair Housing Month in the city as a means to discourage discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing based on factors such as race, religion, national origin and gender.
  • Walker also recognized April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and read a proclamation recognizing dispatchers from the Elizabethtown Police Department. Walker said dispatchers serve as a crucial link to police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
  • Elizabethtown City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance closing an unimproved right-of-way known as Altec Drive, the property of which will be deeded to Metalsa as part of its plant expansion, said Planning Director Ed Poppe. The other adjoining property owners, Akebono and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation, signed off on the closure, according to the city.
  • The city accepted property in the Winchester Park subdivision from its developers, John and Lydia Drexler, to further stormwater efforts in the area. Poppe said an existing basin is on the property, which will be maintained by the city, while a recreational area with tennis courts will be maintained by the homeowner’s association.
  • The council accepted a bid from RCS Communications to purchase replacement outdoor warning sirens at $17,990 each. The city received grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security for two sirens, at Woodland Drive and Ring Road at Mary T. Meagher Drive. Fire officials have asked the city to add money for two more sirens to its upcoming budget.
  • The city agreed to waive construction fees up to $500 for Clarity Solutions for Women as it remodels 105 E. Memorial Drive. The facility was donated to the pregnancy center by Lamonte and Mimi Hornback, owners of Hornback Realty Co., and will be used to expand services.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com