With Evans Town Center Park opening this weekend in advance of Friday’s concert by homegrown stars Lady Antebellum, this is a great opportunity for Columbia County to be in the spotlight.
Yet right in the midst of the planning, the county’s greatest booster has quit. Beda Johnson, who for five years has been at the helm of the county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, resigned this past week.
No one’s talking about the details, but overenthusiasm regarding that concert and its performers likely has a lot to do with it. It seems there are just too many cooks in the kitchen.
In any event, we’re sad to see Johnson go. Her five-year tenure hasn’t been without bumps, but her infectious enthusiasm will be nearly impossible to replace.
The CVB itself is an agency independent of the county government, though mostly funded through hotel-motel taxes. But just as Columbia County continues to reexamine its employee structure for cost savings and efficiency each time there’s a vacancy, perhaps now would be a good time to re-examine how the CVB meshes with the county.
It’s too late to apply the changes in advance of the Lady A concert, but we can be ready for more opportunities to come.