The Jeffery Tatum Visionary Award recognizes forward-thinking tourism leaders and/or destinations that have followed their vision for tourism within their community. This award has been created to identify tourism leaders and/or destinations with a vision and commitment to making our state a remarkable tourism destination.

 This award signifies leadership, collaboration, creativity, and service. It encourages entities and individuals to strive to exceed industry standards by leading by example, taking action on their ideas and contributing to the advancement of tourism in Georgia. The winners of this award represent exceptional innovation, industry professionalism, collaboration and initiative-representing the very best of Georgia.

This award is named in honor of Jeffery Tatum, the Director of Visitor Information Services for GDEcD, to commemorate his countless contributions to the state and regional visitor information center programs and the tourism industry. Tatum was an avid supporter and an integral part in establishing the current RVIC program. The RVIC Workshop was implemented into the program in 2008. This annual event brings together a broad selection of tourism professionals and resources that complement each other’s endeavors, therefore providing motivation, direction, and access to training opportunities. 

Applications submitted for consideration must meet at least one of the following criteria:

         With involvement from the RVIC, the community:

                • developed and implemented a vision or project that has fostered/revitalized/expanded tourism in the community;

                • created collaborative public-private partnership(s) that resulted in successful new product.



In 250 words or less, give us an overview of the vision/project that was implemented. Include your strategic plan and an overview of the specific things the community did to bring the vision/project to completion. Click here for the nomination form. Nominations are due by February 19, 2020.

Nija Torrence, Manager, Regional Visitor Services

Georgia Department of Economic Development

 75 5th St NW, Suite 1200 Atlanta, GA 30308


Fax: 404-962-4093

Jeffery Tatum Visionary Award


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