Published: Friday, July 21, 2006
Pa. state representative to get tourism award
SHARON, Pa. The late Bill Knecht, who owned Wendell August Forge in Grove City, was so involved in promoting Mercer County tourism, the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to give a yearly award in his name.
State Rep. Rod E. Wilt will be the first recipient of the Bill Knecht Tourism Award at a July 27 dinner at the Legacy Banquet and Conference Center in Grove City.
Wilt was chosen as the first recipient because he was instrumental in 2000 in passing a state law that allowed a hotel excise tax dedicated to tourism for Mercer County.
A law allowing all other counties to collect a hotel tax was passed sometime later.
Peggy Mazyck said Knecht was a longtime supporter of the tourism bureau and a proponent of the hotel tax many years before Wilt was instrumental in having it passed by the Legislature, and they felt it fitting that Wilt receive the first award.
Knecht, a Boardman resident, died in 2004.