Frostburg State University Geography Student Helps Create Grantsville Tourism Map

June 1, 2016
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Frostburg State University Geography Student Helps Create Grantsville Tourism Map

Frostburg State University Geography Student Helps Create Grantsville Tourism Map
Frostburg State University student Kaitlyn Roush, right, created a map showing businesses and attractions in Grantsville that will be incorporated in a Greater Grantsville Business Association tourism brochure that will be distributed throughout the region this summer. She is shown speaking to a visitor to her display during FSU's recent Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Visitors to Grantsville will be able to easily find their favorite attractions thanks to a tourism map created by a Frostburg State University student.

Kaitlyn Roush put her map-making skills to work for the Greater Grantsville Business Association, creating a map directory of businesses and tourist attractions in the Garrett County town.

The geography major from Harford County said she enjoyed getting acquainted with the Western Maryland town during the project, visiting Cornucopia Caf\u00e9 and the Casselman River Bridge State Park.

"I like that it's a small town. It seems that everybody is really close," she said. "They're really invested in the events they put on. \u2026 It's really neat to see all the events they put on not just for their businesses and for patronage, but also for the people who live in the area."

She used data-mapping software ArcGIS to plot the streets and businesses. While some of the data was readily available, she had to manually plot the businesses on the map.

"I got the data layer from the streets from the State Highway Administration, but putting the points for the businesses and labelling was all me," she said.

The town is going through a new business boom stretching from last year through this year that is helping fill out the map, including creating a new Arts and Entertainment District.

"Grantsville's really abuzz," GGBA President Leah Diehl said.

Cornucopia Caf\u00e9 and Grant's Mercantile opened last year beside Penn Alps; indoor sports complex Joint Training Facility is under construction on Springs Road; High Country Creamery & Market is under construction on Locker Lane, off of Springs Road; and outside of town on Chestnut Ridge Road, an IHOP Express is expected to open beside a rebuilt Sunoco station.

"Grantsville has been growing a lot recently with both commercial industry, bringing new residents into town, and new retail space that can bring consumers in to purchase items," Diehl said. "We're trying to get ourselves on the so-called map."

Diehl praised Roush for her skills and professionalism working on the map.

"I don't think we could have picked a better student to work with," she said. "We really lucked out."

Diehl added that she was thankful for FSU's support. Diehl's mother, Dr. Peggy Biser, an associate professor in FSU's Chemistry Department, made the connection with Roush's advisor, Professor Dr. James Saku in the Geography Department, about the map opportunity.

GGBA was able to produce the map through a Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area tourism grant.

Roush's map will be sent to GGBA secretary and graphic designer Emily Newman-Edwards to fit that map on a brochure where advertising space is being sold to GGBA businesses. The brochures will be distributed at local businesses and throughout the region at visitor centers in Friendsville, Deep Creek Lake, Bruceton Mills, W.Va., and in Pennsylvania, Diehl said.

About 5,000 brochures will be printed on the first run, with more productions planned, Diehl said. The brochures are expected to hit the streets in July.

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