By Neil Haggerty
The Rockbridge County Community Development Office hopes to create zones in Raphine and Natural Bridge that will lure businesses that cater to tourists. New and existing tourist centers, sporting goods stores, restaurants, hotels and motels would get 50 percent rebates on their business license taxes and building and zoning permits. New businesses would need to invest at least $500,000 and add 10 new jobs to qualify for the incentives. Existing businesses would need to invest $250,000 and add five new jobs. The proposal still needs the approval of the county Board of Supervisors.