LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2004) Diana Polsgrove is determined
to learn as much about Oldham County as she can within the next six
months to one year. Her intense enthusiasm for her job and the county
has propelled her to become Oldham Countys first tourism director.
Polsgrove, 54, has lived in Oldham County for the past five years.
Her move from Louisville to Pewee Valley was well worth
any extra drive time to and from work, she said.
After having interviewed with the Oldham County Tourist and Convention
Commission, Polsgrove believes she was chosen primarily because of
her credentials. Kathy Jacobs, community relations director for the
Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, said, She has a vision. Passion
and drive combine with lots of energy to make her think outside
of the lines.
For the last nine years Polsgrove has operated an event planning business,
Eventualities. From this home-based business, she coordinates talent
and decorates for conventions and corporate and private parties.
She looks upon her 20-plus years of experience in this field as a
good marriage for her job as tourism director. Polsgrove
believes she has the right connections to foster Oldham County as
a tourist destination.
Polsgrove described herself as a social person who loves diversity.
She graduated from Sullivan College with an associate degree in accounting.
But Polsgrove said she is not the type of person to sit behind a desk
all day, which is why she loves her job as an event planner.
Each job is highly different, she said. Polsgrove recently
hired a few employees and assumed the role of manager in order to
concentrate more on her tourism position.
On Jan. 1 she began her part-time duties as tourism director, working
temporarily from her home. The position has the potential to develop
into a full-time job in the future, and she may someday share an office
with the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce.
Until Polsgrove was hired, all tourism duties fell to Jacobs. But
the time Jacobs could devote to tourism issues was limited because
the chamber already employed Jacobs full-time.
Due to chamber personnel cutbacks, Jacobs workload increased.
The time was right to grow tourism, she said. Based upon
the countys growth, Jacobs said tourism is where everything
While Polsgroves job is still in the initial stages, she is
gathering all of the information she can to promote the county. She
said her primary goal now is getting the word out about
Oldham County. She is comprising information on what the county offers
and how to best market it.
Polsgrove said she intends to educate not only tourists but Oldham
County residents as well. She wants citizens to be familiar with their
county and invite out-of-town friends to spend the entire weekend
in the county shopping, dining in unique restaurants, and visiting
With 25 applicants for the job, it was a position well sought after,
said commission chairman Steve Salemi. Polsgrove will be a great representative
of the county, Salemi said, due to her experience with statewide functions
and marketing expertise.
Polsgrove said she plans to work closely with the chamber and city
officials. She will rely on the tourism commission and use them as
an advisory board, to see how I can develop the role as
Polsgrove defined tourism as not just spending the night in Oldham
County, but also a drive in the country. The countys
assets include hotels, scenic drives, different shopping opportunities
and a close proximity to I-71.
I am very interested in listening to residents, as to what they
perceive tourism to be, Polsgrove said. She encourages suggestions,
pointing out that she needs the support of the entire community, not
just the chamber or tourism commission.
Polsgrove is a member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. She
was also a member of the moist vote committee, which promoted
passage of last Novembers referendum to allow alcohol sales
by the glass in restaurants that seat 100 or more.
Contact Polsgrove at email@example.com or by
calling (502) 222-0056.