The Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau has chosen Amanda J. Davis as its new executive director.
Davis, manager of the Blue Moon Event Center for the past eight years, will succeed James F. Hale. The Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau is a nonprofit organization that promotes the city to the Midwest tourism market.
Hale, who has been director the past seven years, will step down from the position on Dec. 31, and will retire from the bureau on Jan. 31.
Davis, according to a news release from the bureau, will assume full responsibilities as executive director on Jan. 1. She began working at the bureau on Nov. 13.
"I'm so excited," Davis said. "It's a huge opportunity for me and the city ... Jim Hale has laid a great foundation for what the bureau can become."
Davis, a Grove City native and 1998 graduate of Grove City High School, is a certified meeting professional, having received advanced training in planning meetings, events and exhibitions and working with the hospitality and tourism industry, according to a release from the bureau.
She attended Columbus State Community College and is a member of the Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society.
A certified meeting professional knows what it takes to plan a meeting, Davis said, adding they know how to work with people in a variety of different businesses, areas and industries and how to get the word out about functions and events.
"I think it gives us an edge," Davis said. "We have a lot of marketability here."
Grove City, with its location, hotels and unique businesses and events, has a lot going for it that would make it attractive to outside groups looking for meeting space, she said.
"We're just going to keep growing," she said. "It's all about the way we market ourselves."
As a lifelong Grove City resident, Davis said she feels blessed that her new job will allow to share her passion for the community with as many people as she can reach.
"There's so much potential here," she said. "I'm excited to get started."