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New Gainesville tourism director is a familiar face
Robyn Lynch

Gainesville’s new tourism director, Robyn Lynch, is a familiar face in the city, particularly on Lake Lanier.

Lynch has been the executive director of Lake Lanier Olympic Park since 2017, overseeing events such as the International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Championships in September 2018. She has lived in Gainesville for 15 years and previously worked at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Lynch said she is looking forward to promoting both existing businesses and attractions and working with new ones.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see things from the side of visitors. … From working with local businesses in the past and working with visitors, I kind of can see both sides and know what they’re looking for and promote the community to them,” Lynch said.

She will be working with Regina Dyer, manager of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Kristen Redmon, Main Street Gainesville manager, to promote the city.

Lynch will be taking on a newly created role — Gainesville previously had a communications and tourism director, but those responsibilities will now be divided between two people. The city is now seeking a public relations manager.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park, which had previously been jointly operated by the city and Hall County, became a city park on July 1. Gainesville will soon be hiring a new director at the Olympic Park on Clarks Bridge Road to take over Lynch’s position.

Lynch officially starts her new job on Aug. 26.