“It’s the people of Scott County with good Hoosier values that make our community great,” said the new Executive Director of the Scott County Visitors Commission, Michael Chesser. “Scott County is Hoosier Hospitality at its finest.”
Chesser, although not a Scott County native, is an indigenous Hoosier. He grew up in Noblesville, where he played sports and eventually went on to play Division I basketball for Ball State University on a basketball scholarship. After college, Chesser worked throughout the country and now brings a diverse background here to Scott County, Indiana as the new Executive Director of our Visitors Commission.
“I thought this was a tremendous opportunity,” said Chesser, who was the former Director of the Chamber of Commerce St. Matthews in Louisville. “Coming in as an outsider, I had a different perspective of Scott County, but to me it’s the people that make the difference here in Scott County. I feel like I could sit down with anyone at a local restaurant and strike up a conversation.”
As the Executive Director of the Scott County Visitors Commission, it is Chesser’s job to be a resource for the community and to educate Scott County outsiders to understand there is a lot of good inside our small county. Using his marketing background, Chesser helps promote Scott County attractions, events, and helps to feature our small businesses to surrounding counties. Businesses such as Goat Milk Stuff, The Ross County Jamboree, Hardy Lake, the Knobstone Trail, and local festivals are all attractions that put Scott County, Indiana on the map.
Chesser started his new position on December 4, but he has already seen the value of the county and the historic sites that Scott County has to offer.
“There’s a reason why this area was settled,” said Chesser. “There are 15-20 historic sites in Scott County that come along with a beautiful countryside. The people of Scott County have so much pride in their county, and it’s not a boastful pride; it comes with professionalism.”
Besides the great people of Scott County, there are many great schools in our community, from the elementary all the way up. There are educational attractions such as the Scott County Heritage Museum, and even more educational opportunities in the new Mid-America Science Park.
“Our ultimate goal is to bring people into our county, and have them spend the night,” said Chesser. “We want to make people aware there are family fun and educational things to do in Scott County and that it is worthy of taking a closer look.”
Scott County is an easy, quick stop off the interstate, and a short drive to Louisville. There are also many hotels right off the interstate that make Scott County a great stop along the way on a long road trip.
“My objective is to get people to understand that there are good things going on in here” added Chesser. “There are so many good things this county has to offer. I want the takeaway to be that Scott County is a great place to live, work, and play.”
The Scott County Visitors Commission likes to tell the story of Scott County, but they cannot do it alone. They want to hear from the residents of Scott County to know how they can help make their hometown an even better place to live and visit. Their main focus is the history of Scott County and how the community came to be. The Commission is also always looking for ways to better the community of Scott County as a whole.
“We don’t know necessarily what all needs to be addressed unless people let us know,” said Chesser. “Come in and see us at the old train depot and have a conversation with us to let us know what you need. We want to help; that’s our job. There is strength in numbers, and working together is how we build better businesses and organizations.”
To give your opinion, or to learn more about the Scott County Visitors Commission, you can visit them at 90 North Main Street, (the old train depot). You can also visit their Facebook page: Scott County Indiana Visitors Commission.