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Cline ready to market Clayton County

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
Rebekah Cline is the new director of marketing and communications for the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Rebekah Cline is the new director of marketing and communications for the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

Rebekah Cline may have Ohio roots but she has true GRIT -- "girl raised in the south" -- and a deep fondness for the Southern Crescent below Atlanta.

"I moved to Fayette County when I was 10, and that's where all my good memories are," said Cline. "I'm very glad to be here."

Her affection for Clayton County will serve her well as Cline takes over marketing and communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Jonesboro.

"It is only 13 miles to Jonesboro from my home in Fayette, and we enjoyed everything Clayton County had to offer when I was growing up," she said. "We went to Spivey Hall, the Farmers Market, Road to Tara, Stately Oaks, all that."

Her familiarity with the Tara Concept that draws thousands of tourists to Jonesboro every year means Cline can discuss the area as well as any "Gone With The Wind" fan. With the book's 75th anniversary to be celebrated in June, Cline couldn't have picked a better time to promote the area.

"We are planning an event in June to commemorate the 75th anniversary, so I am excited to be a part of that," she said. "My first week was [during] the Taste of Clayton, so this is a great time for me to jump on board in the business of tourism."

Cline is also busy preparing for National Tourism Week in May.

Cline, 27, earned her degree in mass communication from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where she concentrated her studies in public relations. She was marketing director for the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association for more than four years. Cline also serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Metro Travel Association and has been certified as a tourism marketing professional by the Southeast Tourism Society.

"We are excited to have hired Rebekah because of her knowledge not only of the hospitality industry but also because she knows metro Atlanta and the tourism assets on the southside," said Patrick Duncan, president and CEO of the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jonesboro is easily identifiable to fans of the classic work of fiction "Gone With The Wind," but it is also the site of an important Civil War battle, which draws Confederate enthusiasts. In August 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman launched the attack in Jonesboro to secure Atlanta for the Union. Almost 2,000 Confederate soldiers died.

"Jonesboro was the final battle to secure Atlanta, so it is important to people learning about the Civil War," said Cline.

Jonesboro also features a Confederate cemetery, laid out in the "X" design of the Confederate flag.

The visitors bureau is located at 127 N. Main St., Jonesboro. For more information, go to www.visitscarlett.com.