Press release from the Ripley County Tourism Bureau
(Versailles, Ind.) - Versailles now has a new place to welcome visitors and businesses to the area with the opening of the Ripley County Welcome Center, 220 East U.S. 50 (formerly A Touch of Country). An open house for the public will be held Friday, April 29 5-7 pm to show the new offices of Ripley County Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism, and the new space for Designs by Davison Floral & Gifts.
The building features a lobby where everyone is welcome to check out brochures about the local tourist attractions and events, as well as brochures from across the State. The ever-popular Ripley County Events brochure and the Indiana Festival Guide are available. A video will also be created featuring county attractions, events, and businesses.
“We are very excited about the new opportunity to serve the community and visitors to the area with this Welcome Center,” noted Ripley County Tourism Director Katherine Taul, “the visibility at this location will allow us to more easily meet the needs of tourists coming in for the Milan ’54 “Hoosiers” Museum, Versailles State Park, NMLRA shoots, and the many events the county hosts.
“The goal for Ripley County Economic Development is to be constantly moving forward,” according to Director Gary Norman, “the new location gives us the exposure within the community and also, to prospective businesses seeking to locate here. As we look to the future of Ripley County, we are already seeing encouraging progress and strive to be prepared to welcome new opportunities for growth."
The Welcome Center will also allow Ripley County Chamber of Commerce businesses to easily promote their businesses within the lobby, according to Director Amy Thomas, with racks for business brochures and business cards. A conference room will also be available for small business meetings.
Renovations to the former gift shop were made available from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation, as well as funds for brochure racks and other tourism-related items for the Versailles Welcome Center and the Batesville Visitors Center which opened last summer. Donations were also received from Pike Lumber Company, Beaver Creek Nursery & Landscaping, Duke Energy, John and Kathy Schuerman, The Office Shop, G.D. Miller, R. C. Electric, Rod Elswick, Scott Isaacs, and Larry Weiler.