Carter leaving county post for regional position

John Thompson • Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 7:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Kayla Carter, who has led tourism efforts for Carter County during the past year-and-a-half, will be leaving the post this week to take a new regional position emphasizing outdoor activities.

Carter has been the coordinator of Carter County Tourism since June 2015. On Monday, she will assume the new position of outdoor development manager with the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership.

“The best part about this transition is that I get to continue working alongside and support the people who work hard every day to promote and develop Carter County as an extraordinary travel destination,” Carter said. “I will continue to be an ambassador to Carter County.”

Prior to her work in tourism, Carter served a journalist with the Johnson City Press. She also worked for the Erwin Record and the Elizabethton Star. Carter served briefly as public relations coordinator for the Elizabethton City School System and on the editorial council for the summer 2016 issue of “Plough to Pantry.”

Her outdoors credentials include a successful through hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and she has since become a volunteer trail maintainer. She has also been appointed a founding member of the new Next Generation Advisory Council of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Carter is from Kingsport and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University. She obtained an associate’s degree in speech communication from Northeast State Community College.

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