TPD - Resource Team Program Information
Since 2010, the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development has provided technical assistance to almost 200 communities through its Tourism Product Development (TPD) Resource Team program. The program assembles small groups of tourism professionals, market segment experts and community developers to conduct visits to predominantly rural communities to evaluate potential for innovative and unique experiences based on local culture, natural resources, and heritage.
Following the reconnaissance visits, TPD Resource Team members research and develop their observations to produce one collaborative, in-depth report of recommendations for existing tourism product enhancements and future product development that includes tremendous marketing and funding resources.
Interested communities should email a request from an elected official; form a county-wide implementation team, complete an evaluation to form a baseline of tourism assets; and work with the resource team manager to craft a 1, 2, or 3-day itinerary for the visit. The year-long process culminates when the team returns to the community to present the recommendations at a town hall. Visits in latter 2020 and 2021 may be virtual due to the pandemic.