Dickson County Chamber & Tourism
205 South Main Street, Dickson, TN 37055

Sunday - 10/24/2021

On behalf of the Dickson County Chamber’s
400+ members, we welcome you to our thriving community.

Here, our residents enjoy strong local ties, businesses revel in unlimited economic opportunities, and visitors find a place
abounding in history, scenic beauty (including Tennessee’s top state park!) and friendly, hometown shopping and dining.

The Chamber is here to support area businesses and to promote Dickson County as a great place to live and do business.

Our members are business people from all areas of the community: retailers, manufacturers, service organizations, professionals and individuals. The Chamber staff work together daily to create a business-friendly environment in Dickson County so existing businesses can grow and flourish and new businesses are encouraged to come here.

News & Information

Tennessee 4-H Roundup
Dickson County is proud of our UT Extension program and the students involved in State Roundup this year! Representing Dickson County are Hunter Isbell, Dickson County 4-H Extension Agent, Katie Collins, Courtney Campbell, Jannan Wine, Anna Claire Christy, and Tori Pritchett, Dickson County 4-H Extension Agent. 



 

 

The Chamber Offers

Networking

From committees to mixers to ribbon cuttings and more, the Chamber organizes various opportunities to connect with other businesses every single month.

Credibility

A local chamber of commerce has a reputation for standing up for the local community and its economy. When your business is associated with their name, it gives the perception that you stand for these things, too. As a result, consumers trust you more.

Visibility

The Chamber provides various ways to showcase your business, from the Chamber’s online member directory to social media posts to press releases to the local media.

Learning

The Chamber often offers training opportunities on various aspects of operating a business, from personnel and accounting matters to marketing tips.

Chamber Events

  • Monthly Luncheons
  • Business After Hours
  • Chamber Coffees
  • Annual Banquet
  • Young Professional Group
  • Farm to Table Dinners
  • Annual Golf Tournament
  • Lunch & Learns

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Tennessee Tourism Outperformed the Nation in 2020 with $16.8 Billion in Visitor Spending Despite COVID-19
Tourism Initiatives Focus on Continued Economic Recovery

Friday, August 06, 2021 | 07:26am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Aug. 6, 2021 - Tennessee tourism generated $16.8 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2020, a 31.6 percent decline from the previous year according to newly-released economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. Travel in Tennessee generated nearly 150,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue. Despite the impact of COVID-19, efforts to promote outdoor travel opportunities helped Tennessee outperform the national average decline of 42 percent.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell highlighted efforts to continue the industry’s strong recovery.
“Tourism is a vital part of our state’s strong economic recovery,” said Gov. Lee. “By working together to support small businesses and drive job growth, we will ensure Tennessee continues to be one of the top travel destinations in the world.”
“Tennessee’s scenic beauty, strong outdoor assets and compelling rural and road trip destinations gave it an edge against other states,” said Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development. “We’ve seen parts of our state not only survive, but also thrive. Our mission as a department is to inspire travel to all 95 counties, and we are committed to restoring economic prosperity for our industry.”
Additional Key Highlights from the 2020 Report:
In the first two months of 2020, Tennessee’s leisure and hospitality industry was on a record track. COVID-19 was the largest crisis to hit the leisure and hospitality industry in history.
In 2020, tourism shifted away from business and solo travel to longer, leisure-oriented family trips.
Outdoor attractions experienced historic growth in 2020. For example, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw a record 12 million visitors.
15 counties in Tennessee experienced an increase in travel spending. Grainger, Van Buren, Cheatham, Hickman, Campbell and Union Counties saw an increase of more than 5 percent.
Tourism was Tennessee’s fourth largest employer in 2020.
The state of Tennessee saw 75 million domestic person stays.
Revenue generated by tourism saved each Tennessee household $550 in state and local taxes last year.
The decline in state sales & use tax revenue represented a $303 million loss to the state budget between March and December 2020.
The 2020 Economic Impact on Travel Report includes newly expanded county snapshots with additional data that will be available August 10. A new dashboard with the county data and comprehensive models of the economic impact of spending by industry will be debuted at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Sept. 15-17 in Murfreesboro.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development works with the Tennessee Tourism Committee, local convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, city and county leaders, tourism attractions and the hospitality industries in all 95 counties to inspire travel to the state. Partners can find toolkits here.
Media Contacts:
Jill Kilgore
Jill.Kilgore@tn.gov
Amanda Murphy
Amanda.Murphy@tn.gov
Mary Katelyn Price
MaryKatelyn.Price@tn.gov


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  • Great Ways to Get Your Steps in While Visiting Dickson County

    It’s hard to believe, but spring is already on its way. Every year, we say we just can’t believe it’s February, but this year we really mean it. In 2020, seasons and months hardly seemed real or relevant—and time just sort of trudged on. But as spring approaches, we can finally look forward to getting outdoors. Put away your trendy loungewear and forget your plans to eat cereal for all three meals—it’s a new year and time to put those resolutions to good use! Spring is coming and Dickson County has outdoor activities for new health resolutions of all ambitions.

    The disc golf course at Dickson’s Buckner Park is great fun for everyone. Whether you’re playing alone or with family, a seasoned golfer or a rookie, you can enjoy a round of disc golf. If you’re new to the sport, rest assured it’s exactly what is sounds like: golf but with a frisbee instead of a ball and a basket instead of a hole in the ground. This gold-level course is located in beautiful Buckner Park and meanders through scenic woods and open fields. Watch out for the large lake that comes into play in the course—it may just get the best of you and steal your frisbee!

    On the other hand, if you’re a golf purist, there’s something for you as well in Dickson County. The Montgomery Bell golf course features rolling hills and, if you’re lucky, wildlife sightings such as deer, geese, and wild turkey. If you want to extend your visit in Dickson (and you definitely should!), you can stay at the lodge, which sits on Lake Acorn, and enjoy kayaking, hiking trails, the outdoor pool, and craft beers in the lounge (hello, happy hour!). Another option is GreyStone Golf Club, a gorgeous course designed by Mark McCumber, a PGA Tour pro. Hit the links, and before long, you’ll have logged some serious steps without even realizing it!

    If you’re more of a nature enthusiast than a heavy hitter at the tee, the Montgomery Bell Trail is for you. This trail spans 10.4 miles and is rated as moderately difficult, so it can be enjoyed by experienced hikers and newcomers alike. The Montgomery Bell Trail is extremely versatile and lends itself to activities as various as hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking. There are three shelters where you can camp out along the trail and even a few small creeks to cross over. Don’t leave your dogs cooped up at home—the fur baby BFFs are welcome on the trail too!

    Nothing motivates you to get your exercise in quite like the coming of spring, and nowhere has better outdoor opportunities than Dickson. From disc golf to classic golf to hiking, you’ll discover an array of out-and-about activities for any age and any New Year’s resolution—all socially distanced so you can stay safe while staying active in 2021. Treat yourself to a change of scenery featuring fresh air and fond memories in Dickson County this spring!

  • The Two-Day Getaway You Deserve: Visit Dickson County

    As spring finally approaches and we can finally come out of winter hibernation, we could all use a little weekend getaway. Dickson County, situated in the northeastern part of Tennessee, is the perfect place to spend the weekend while staying socially distanced. While it offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, you’ll really fall in love with the charming, small-town nature and Southern charisma. Exploring the town’s rich history, good eats, and shopping are a great way to kick off the spring.

    Here’s how to make the absolute most of 48 hours in Dickson County:
     

    DAY 1: 8am: Breakfast at House Blend

    Conveniently located downtown, this coffee shop makes a great cup of joe to-go, and its shelves full of fresh pastries are a serious bonus. Don’t miss out on House Blend’s signature frozen drink, the Monkey Mocha, a delightful blend of espresso with banana and chocolate. Pop in for your caffeine fix and a scone or a muffin before you begin your first day out on the town.
     

    9pm: Shopping in Historic Downtown Dickson

    Downtown Dickson has a great collection of local shops, including Buff City Soap, quickly becoming famous (and totally Insta-worthy!) for its walls of rainbow-colored soaps and brightly-hued bath bombs. At Home on Main is another great stop. This is a cute boutique with clothes, home décor, and much more to offer. For a great selection of vinyl records and music memorabilia, check out Zak’s Music, and for book lovers, Reading Rock Books has something for everyone to add to their reading pile.
     

    12pm: Lunch at House of Brews

    House of Brews has great burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas—something for everyone—and creative mixed drinks like the chipotle-pineapple margarita and the ginger old fashioned. The fried Oreos are a sweet punctuation to any meal.
     

    1pm: Visit the Museum and Try the Town Scavenger Hunt

    Clement Railroad Museum is dedicated to celebrating the life of Frank G. Clement, who was only 32 when he became governor of Tennessee. They’re offering a new game, the Dickson Hunt, which you can participate in any time the museum is open. In this real-life scavenger hunt, you’ll collect your clues at the museum and follow where they lead around Main Street as you learn more about Dickson’s rich history.
     

    5pm: Beer on Tap at Furnace Brewing

    Before you dig into dinner, check out Furnace Brewing and kick back with some of the area’s best locally brewed beers, including the “Puh-con” Porter (a pecan-forward sip you’ll swear by) and the Mayor Weiss, which is (you guessed it) named in honor of the city mayor of Dickson.
     

    6:30pm: Dinner at Lugo’s

    Walk over to Lugo’s for a tasty meal to warm your soul. This local favorite is right in Downtown Dickson and has a colorful menu featuring delicious dishes from pastas to shrimp and grits to homemade lamb meatballs. The plantain chips with cilantro lime dip are a must-try and an all-time favorite among regulars.
     

    DAY 2: 9am: Take a Walk around Historic Downtown Charlotte

    Start your second morning with a stroll through the charming streets of Downtown Charlotte, home to Tennessee’s oldest operating courthouse, built way back in 1804, among several other beautiful historic buildings and shops.
     

    10am: Check Out the Local Goods at Country View Market

    You could spend ages going through this local Mennonite market and all its homemade goods. From candies and old-school sorghums to original artwork and unique home décor, it’s a treasure trove of special items made with love. The people are friendly, the food is awesome, and the rocking chairs are oh-so-comfy!
     

    12pm: Lunch at Country View Market

    Luckily, the market makes food to order, as well. Grab lunch after you’re done perusing the endless homemade foods and crafts. The deli makes great sandwiches using farm fresh ingredients, cheese, and meats, and they have melt-in-your-mouth seasonal soft serve ice cream.
     

    1pm: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Sweet Charlotte

    This town gem has fifteen different flavors of gourmet popcorn, ranging from buttery caramel pecan to fruity rainbow, cotton candy to dill pickle—there’s a popcorn snack for EVERY vibe! Beside the popcorn, they also offer sweet treats like taffy, old-timey candy, and custom soda floats with old-fashioned sodas.
     

    3pm: Golf at Greystone or hike at Montgomery Bell State Park

    Burn off your lunch and post-lunch treats with some outdoor activities! Enjoy a round of golf on the rolling hills at Greystone Golf Club or go for a hike at Montgomery Bell State Park. The park has over 3,800 acres of pristine land, including three lakes where you can sunbathe on the shores or paddle a kayak through the waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
     

    6pm: Dinner at Salt and Pepper Grill

    This restaurant makes a great burger among other sandwiches and classic fried Southern foods, but their pickle fries are the real reason to show up. Indulge in the golden fried wonders on offer at Salt and Pepper—just be sure you save a little room for a post-dinner treat.
     

    7pm: Dessert at Sweet T’s Ice Cream & Food

    End your visit on a sweet note at Sweet T’s. They make homemade gelato, milkshakes, and all kinds of amazing things. For the cherry on top, they also have pinball and other fun family games for you to enjoy before you head home.
     

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    Once you head home, your trip may have ended, but your getaway vibe doesn’t have to! With your rainbow of self-care products from Buff City Soaps, your stash of flavored popcorns from Sweet Charlotte, and your old-fashioned candies from the County View Market, your relaxing weekend can last a little longer.

  • We are Here for YOU!

    How the Chamber benefits you and your business.

    The Dickson County Chamber’s mission is to support area businesses and to promote Dickson County as a great place to live and do business. We are here to assist you in making your business a success.

    The Chamber loves to network with other business professionals and helps facilitate over 60 networking events a year! We offer informative luncheons, Young Professional Mixers, Business After Hours, Coffees, Lunch and Learn events and more to help grow your business.

    As a member of the Chamber, you have access to free notary services, mailing list of local businesses, and use of 2 conference rooms. We strive to make it easier for you to promote and run your business.

    With quarterly newsletters, a community calendar, and our Member Monday emails, you will always be informed of what is happening in our local business community. As a member, you will have the opportunity to have your information included in social media and other marketing programs of the Chamber.

    The Chamber is here for you. We hope that if you are not a Chamber Member yet, that you will click the link below to get more information! We can’t wait to build a lasting business relationship with you!

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