Louden honored for tourism legislation

Former Senator LeRoy Louden

Former state senator Leroy Louden of Ellsworth Tuesday was recognized with two major tourism awards during a brunch at the Hampton Inn as part of National Tourism Week. Louden received the Frank Morrison award from the Nebraska Travel Association and the Visionary award from the State Tourism Office for his work in introducing legislation that created the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

Mike Kesselring of Sioux County, the Chairman of the new commission, says Louden's legislation was groundbreaking in its nature.

The awards were for 2012, and Kesselring says Louden is the first person to get both awards in the same year. Louden says the great thing about the Commission is that is independent from other agencies, requires no or little appropriation from the legislature and is self-supported through a 1% occupation tax.

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