OREGON COUNTY -- What are the attractions in Oregon County? Do area residents know of historical events, sites and people that could become an attraction? How should tourism be organized, promoted and supported? What does the county want to gain from tourism? How do we propose it work? Community input and ideas on tourism are needed.
Oregon County is in the process of developing a comprehensive tourism plan. Oregon County boasts some of the most beautiful rivers, springs and mills, and many visitors tour the area each year.
The Oregon County Commission in conjunction with the Oregon County Action Group has received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to hire Glenn Weaver to develop a tourism plan for the county. The goal of this endeavor is to better market the region to visitors and increase the revenue received from tourists.
In order to successfully develop the plan, tourism assessment meetings are being held throughout the county. The purpose of these meetings is to gather information about opportunities and resources in the county. This information will assist Weaver in designing a tourism plan suited to the interests and resources of the county.
All the tourism assessment meetings are open to the public. Community groups, business owners, historians and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. The meetings will be held at the following places and times.
Monday, March 11: Koshkonong City Hall, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Warm Fork Restaurant, Thayer, noon to 1 p.m.; Country Cottage, Thayer, 2 to 3 p.m.; and the Alton senior Center 4 to 5 p.m.On March 12 a meeting will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the BB Road Volunteer Fire Department at Riverton.To learn more about the Oregon County tourism plan and the tourism assessment meeting, listen to the Ozark Opinion's Show March 11 at 9 a.m.