projects & Experience:

  • General Manager, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park,Cañon City, CO
  • Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center,  Concord, NC
  • Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas, TX
  • The Dome, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Folkways Center of the Georgia Mountains,

           Dahlonega, GA

  • Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Center & Intl. Swimming Hall of Fame, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Frontier Texas! and Texas Forts Trail, Abilene, TX
  • Hall Vineyard, Rutherford and St. Helena, CA
  • Marketing Campaign Re-development, The Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs, AR
  • Three-County Tourism Development Study,

           Northeast Georgia

  • Tourism Study, Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View,      AR
  • Tourism and Strategic Development Plan,    Gainesville, TX
  • Yale University Tercentennial, New Haven, CT

Wendy Jenkins joined the LARC team in April 1997 after serving as the Director for the Georgia Better Hometown Program. With her work history and strength in rural tourism development and marketing, she brings new ideas to a seasoned company. Her application of the National Main Street 4-Point Approach to tourism development has stimulated the visitor attendance of numerous cities and attractions across the United States. Her extensive travels, both domestically and abroad, have exposed her to a multitude of tourism programs. This global experience has enhanced her expertise in advising clients on new marketing efforts and planned tourism development.

Before leaving Georgia, Wendy also worked with the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Committee (ACOG), exposing her to one of the world’s greatest athletic events. She was chosen by her hometown to run with the Olympic Torch for her efforts in building a new Welcome Center in her community. The half-million-dollar facility was completed in May 1996 just in time to greet Olympic visitors for the summer games.

Education & Experience:

Atlanta Art Institute

Southeast Tourism Marketing College

​Director, Anti-Drug Program, TODAY Foundation

Consultant/Tourism Development, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Strategic Planning Mediator

Director, The Georgia Better Hometown Program

President/Tourism Director, Dahlonega, CO 

Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, GA

Favorite Projects:
Most Unique: ICR Discovery Center for Science and Earth History 
Most Rewarding: Hall Winery, Napa, California
Most Enriching: Dahlonega, Georgia Folkway Center 
Most Complex: Yale University Tercentennial 

"People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did

but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

-Bonnie Jean Wasmund

"We define ourselves by the best that is in us, not the worst that has been done to us."  -Edward Lewis 

Wendy Jenkins

Director of Tourism & Development