Hagerty Brings Tourism Industry Together for Statewide Virtual Discussion

February 17, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today held a statewide virtual roundtable as part of the February State Work Week with members of the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association to discuss the impacts of the ongoing pandemic and the complete reopening of the economy.

“As the former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, I have a deep appreciation for how vital the tourism and hospitality industries are to our state,” Senator Hagerty said. “From Mountain City to Memphis, this industry has suffered significantly through lockdowns and ongoing capacity restrictions. I am committed to championing their rebound by supporting full access to the PPP program, Shuttered Venue Grants, training programs, and more.”

Specifically, Hagerty raised Shuttered Venue Grants, which were established in December to provide emergency assistance to America’s live venue operators and promoters.

Joining Hagerty in today’s meeting were Robert Mortensen, President/CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association, Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, and more than 160 association members from across the state.