The Associated Press is reporting that the city of Owensboro has a new mission to raise the international profile of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
When city officials began planning a new convention and events center for Owensboro, they visited Dubuque, Iowa to see what they could learn from a similar city who had built a similar complex. What they saw, gave them a new idea. The city of Dubuque is engaged in promoting its National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in an attempt to gain some national attention for the city.
Now, Mayor Ron Payne of Owensboro is thinking the city should get involved in promoting the International Bluegrass Music Museum, realizing that increased visibility and tourism to the museum is only good for the city.
Last year, the IBMM brought 25,000 people from 50 states and 42 countries to Owensboro. The hope is that future cooperation with the city will see that traffic increase several fold, which will be good for not only the city and the museum, but for the bluegrass music industry in general.
Sounds like a good idea to us.