Skip to content

Governor Beshear Appoints Sherry Murphy as Member of the Tourism Development Finance Authority

Governor Andy Beshear appointed Sherry Murphy as a member of the Tourism Development Finance Authority for the state of Kentucky. Murphy is the Executive Director of the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Murphy brings more than 23 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to the role, having served as Executive Director of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau for 18 years before joining the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s hospitality program and has served the Kentucky hospitality industry in various roles during her tenure, including chairwoman for the Kentucky Travel Industry Association and president of the Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed as a member of the Tourism Development Finance Authority,” said Murphy. “I strongly believe that tourism supports the local economy and provides social well-being in our communities in Kentucky, and I am looking forward to working with the authority to promote tourism and economic development in Kentucky.”

In addition to her extensive experience in the industry, Murphy is also a graduate of Leadership Kentucky. She is known for her role in the development of the 158-acre Elizabethtown Sports Park, one of the notable accomplishments during her career.

The Tourism Development Finance Authority is responsible for overseeing the Tourism Development Act which provides a state sales tax incentive program for major tourism development projects in the state.

For more information on the Tourism Development Finance Authority and its work, please visit

More Stories

  • St. Teresa Ministries announces Day of Giving

    On Monday, October 16th, 2023 in recognition of World Food Day, St. Teresa Ministries awarded four local organizations with funding totaling over $86,000. 

    “We recognize that hunger exists in our world; but more importantly we recognize that hunger exists right here in South Central Kentucky,” stated Kelly Wiseman, Executive Director of St.Teresa Ministries.

    Read More
  • Service One Credit Union Announces New President and Chief Strategy Officer

    Service One Credit Union, a not-for-profit member-owned financial cooperative serving South Central and Western Kentucky, is proud to announce the promotion of Justin Morris to President and Chief Strategy Officer. Morris will lead Service One’s Executive Team and report to Rebecca Stone, Service One’s CEO.  Read More
  • West Kentucky Brewery Hop Celebrates National American Beer Day with Gamified Digital Pass Launch

    The West Kentucky Brewery Hop announced the launch of its highly anticipated digital pass, revolutionizing the craft beer experience in the region. The launch, which coincides with National American Beer Day, will simplify the previously announced regional brew trail, providing an incentivized and gamified experience for beer lovers looking for brews and hops across the western Bluegrass. Read More
  • Editor's Letter

    As this year begins to wind down and November is beginning, I have been reflecting on everything this year has brought. I started at the magazine earlier this year, welcomed my second baby and have made some wonderful memories this year.  Read More