"I hate to admit it, but we don't have a whole lot," Brown added, referring to tourism spots. The tours, however, would make people aware of Perryville and introduce them to what is there.

Ryan agreed the tours will encourage people to take a look around, but it could be a problem if the business offers restaurant tours down the line because it would take customers from Perryville to businesses in other towns.

Dawson asked Susan O'Neill, the town's economic development manager, how Perryville tries to keep people and their business in town, especially from those who use the MARC train every day.

O'Neill suggested that the tour would offer another tourism avenue for the town and while it would take a while for word to get out, the town could potentially develop a reputation for being a hot tourism spot.


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'Family-friendly activity'

She called the tour a "family-friendly activity" that would show people that Perryville has more to offer than just the MARC train station and IKEA.

"It's a good beginning, if you choose to go that path," she said.

"We will build on what we have for people to see," Brown added. "It can't be done overnight, but it will help bring people here."

O'Neill noted that the people who normally take the train and immediately leave the town once arriving at the station may be tempted to stay, if the tours are available.

Ryan suggested finding out how many people who use the MARC station regularly support Perryville's businesses.

The town has several long range plans to lure business, Brown said, including a geocaching trail "trying to bring people back."

"Hopefully business will come," she added.