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Faculty Studying Appalachian Tourism, Growth Opportunities

Tim Ezzell, research scientist in the Department of Political Science, and Rachel Chen, professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, have received a $200,000 competitive grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission—a federal economic development agency—to conduct the one-year study to better understand Appalachian tourism and identify opportunities to grow tourism activities and encourage business development.

It is the largest and most comprehensive study of tourism ever conducted by the commission, which covers 205,000 square miles across 420 counties in 13 states.

Continue reading about their research at the UT News website.