The business aspects of the hoped-for World Heritage nomination of the area's prehistoric earthworks was showcased Tuesday evening at the PACCAR Center north of Chillicothe.
Linda Huntley was one of three main speakers who focused on economic and business possibilities of having the "Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks" put on a prestigious United Nations listing.
They include five parts of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County, Fort Ancient in Warren County, and the Newark Earthworks.
Huntley said the listing is only a starting point, and the community needs to follow a vision to rally behind it and leverage it.
More than 100 business and community leaders heard the hour-and-a-half presentation on the impact of tourism and related industries.
That included a study by Ohio University on what the numbers might be, and the importance of giving visitors good reasons to stay more than one day.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture