Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52TOURISM From its beginning in 1778 as a mountain spa where guests came to “take the waters” to restore their health, The Green- brier has evolved into one of the world’s grand luxury resorts. The region’s largest employer, the resort has a staff of over 1800. Under the leadership of its owner, Jim Justice, The Greenbrier has become an unparalleled economic engine for the area. Recent additions include a $60 million casino, new restaurants, a 2500-seat tennis stadium, the Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament, a 500-seat wedding chapel, and a $30 million training facility for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Four thousand acres have been added to the original 6000- acre property. The Sporting Club, a luxury residential com- munity, offers year-round access to The Greenbrier’s many amenities. The town of Lewisburg is also a major tourist draw. With its interesting shops, fine dining, lively arts scene, and busy schedule of community events, Lewisburg is, in the words of Frommer’s Budget Travel Maga- zine, “a town that has everything”. Two an- nual food festivals, a literary festival and the nearby State Fair of West Virginia are a few of the many reasons people visit this pictur- esque and dynamic small town. The 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail parallels the river and affords hikers and cy- clists the chance to spend an hour or a few days enjoying the local scenery and wildlife. For those who would rather travel by water but didn’t bring their own transportation, kayak and canoe rentals are available. Camp Alleghany, a summer camp for girls founded in 1922 in Caldwell, and Camp Greenbrier, a summer camp for boys established in 1898 in Alderson, have been drawing young campers and their families to Greenbrier County for decades. Generations of the same families have attended these well- known camps, and both have devoted alumni who enjoy re- turning to the area. In addition to The Greenbrier, local accommoda- tions for visitors to the area include well-known chains like Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Fairfield Inn, and boutique lodging like the historic General Lewis Inn, an an- tique-filled, family-operated inn in the heart of Lewisburg. Tourism and related industries employ over 2500 people in Greenbrier County and provide an invaluable eco- nomic benefit for the area. TOP 10 EMPLOYERS 1. The Greenbrier Resort 2. The Greenbrier County Board of Education 3. Greenbrier Valley Medical Center 4. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 5. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 6. West Virginia Department of Highways 7. Greenbrier Minerals, LLC 8. The Kroger Company 9. Seneca Mental Health, Inc. 10. Diversified Assessment & Therapy Services Source: Workforce WV http://lmi,workforcewv.org Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce | 29