Local leaders working on plan to reopen economy

While President Trump and Governor Lee are currently aiming for an early May reopening of businesses, Sevier County leaders have been working on a plan to restart the county economy.

Business owners, economic development personnel and tourism leaders have been communicating for several weeks with the county mayor, city mayors and managers of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Pittman Center, to find a way to welcome visitors while keeping them and residents safe.

The cities and county will send their recommendations to the governor’s office. Based on the current projections of an early May reopening, it may not be feasible for all businesses to operate under the same guidelines, or in the manner to which they were accustomed. A strategic plan will hopefully lead to a swift and safe, economic recovery.