Rob Carnegie – KEDCO’s Director of Tourism – has accepted an offer for the same position at the Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Board in Alabama.
According to WAFF.com, Board member David Mulendorf cited Carnegie’s success as Tourism Director in Kingston as setting him apart from two other candidates who were considered for the job.
Mulendorf said about Kingston: “They are a tourist destination, they have a very strong program in the area of sports tourism, they have very strong tourism effort in cultural arts, performing arts, and they’re a destination.”
Alabama’s TimesDaily.com confirmed Kingston-born Carnegie has accepted the Board’s offer as of late Tuesday. Their report states that no salary has yet been discussed, but the position ranges from $70,000 to $120,000 annually.
The article quoted Carnegie as saying that a reasonable time frame for him to begin working in Florence, AL would be four to six weeks from now.
“We’re certainly going to move things on as quickly as possible,” Carnegie said, according to the Times Daily. “I’m excited about this opportunity. We absolutely loved Florence for its scenic beauty, but the people make it warm and hospitable. I could see how positive and supportive of tourism the people of Florence are.”
Kingstonians will have an opportunity to see Rob Carnegie at least one more time, when he dons his country singer hat to perform at the 150th Frontenac County anniversary celebration party.
Carnegie is set to appear at 6pm on Friday night, August 28, at the weekend event.
According to his website, Rob was nominated for the 2014 Tennessee Songwriters Association International, 2014 Horizon Award, and the 2014 Cut of the Year Award.