The Commerce Journal

September 16, 2013

New tourism director to focus on relationship between city and university

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Commerce will have an influx of tourists in the coming months, if new Commerce Tourism Director Sherry Johnson has anything to say about it.

Johnson, who used to work for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, said she has a vested interest in Commerce.

“I live in Commerce and am interested in the downtown of Commerce,” she said. “This is just a good opportunity for me.”

In her one week at her new position, Johnson already has plans for several senior citizen trips for residents of Commerce, including a trip on Oct. 17 to the Texas State Fair.

The cost is $20 and residents will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Commerce Farmers Market.

“Come down here and you might want to have breakfast at McKay’s,” she said.

The other trips include a trip to Bossier City, La. and a trip to Marshall to view Christmas lights.

Johnson said she wants to see downtown become a hub for residents of Commerce and students and faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

“I’m here to bring new excitement and new events for Commerce,” she said. “I want to have more involvement from citizens and seniors to help make the city a place where people want to live and play. I’m focusing on the revitalization of the downtown area.”

Johson said she plans to do this by continuing to foster the relationship between the city and university.

“I want to further the relationship between the city and university,” she said. “I want to improve the quality of life for Commerce residents.”