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Brian Jones, City of Rock Hill Sports & Event Center Supervisor

Rick talks with Brian Jones this week in Rock Hill, SC.

Jones is the supervisor of the beautiful Rock Hill Sports and Event Center.

The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center is the sports hub of the Knowledge Park corridor of Rock Hill and more. The 170,000 sq. ft. facility is part of a mixed-use site connecting Winthrop University to Old Town Rock Hill, restaurants, outdoor venues, office space, apartments and more. The Center hosts city athletic programs, sports tournaments, conferences/conventions, concerts and other special events.  By offering healthy living activities as well as cultural and tourism opportunities, the Sports and Event Center adds to the quality of life in Rock Hill and surrounding areas.

Sports tourism has become such a vital revenue stream to cities all over the country and Rock Hill has stepped up to the plate and is taking advantage of the situation during COVID-19 and post pandemic. Thanks to Brian for the great interview!

Richard Goldman, President/CEO at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau

Rick is joined by Richard Goldman this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Goldman is the President and CEO at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau. A big undertaking for this busy section of Florida.

Hear from Goldman about the successes earned by his team, but also the challenges. He has a lot to be proud of, being in one of the most desirable locations in the U.S.

“A visit to St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach and The Beaches is more than just a getaway. It’s a vacation close enough to home but different enough to make you feel a world away. Experience old-world charm, flavorful dining, art and culture, and an abundance of entertainment after dark. There’s so much to do, you’re going to want to stay one more day.”

In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, you are never at a loss for things to do. Discover attractions like the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Dive into history at the Fountain of Youth and Castillo de San Marcos. Visit beautiful beaches, or go fishing or golfing. Plus, the dining, shopping and nightlife. As Goldman states, the possibilities are endless!

Goldman and his team are responsible for marketing tourism to St. Johns County Florida. Conference and travel industry sales, advertising, internet marketing,public relations, new product development and partner relations are managed out of the offices located in St. Augustine.

“From St. Augustine being named by National Geographic One of the World’s Best Places to See Holiday Lights, to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa being named a Top Ten Golf Resort in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine, our destination has earned the attention of the world and our employees deliver the kinds of experiences that keep visitors coming back for more. Last year, that attention helped to generated $1.1 billion in direct spending by visitors to St. Johns County. And we have new hotels coming to St. Augustine and the Beaches after more than eight years without new properties. Those hotels will have parking for their guests, and that’s something we have needed for some time.”