2014-01-23 / Local News

County Tourism Committee Welcomes New Members

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Ruhf and the Commissioners

Ruhf and the Commissioners should have been able to resolve this equitably. Both sides have been acting indignant and childishly on this issue, tap-backs and all. Janet Lewis' suggestion regarding the reconstitution of the EMVB board in a previous letter to the Rocket makes sense. http://www.rocket-courier.com/news/2014-08-21/Letters/McLinko_is_Mistake... Whatever the commissioners do, now they seem committed, should be a contracted out position, low overhead in a way that can expand and contract nimbly to absorb the variability from month to month of the revenue. Much of it could be driven online from a "virtual" office. The opportunity here though is to see what can be done by charging no fees to local businesses for membership and promoting businesses that are bordering Bradford County also as a goodwill and exchange promotion. It has always bothered me how gated the EMVB is and how it doesn't promote businesses that are too small to afford their fees, unless they are non-profit. Often the small soap makers and farmstands etc. are exactly what a visitor wants to see. If a business is so small, or under 3 years old and small, it should get free promotion. Otherwise the EMVB privileges the same old dynamics ignoring nurturing any new opportunities unless they get a slice. Both sides have a "glass half empty" stingy "what's in it for us" view of how to promote this area which is too bad for the county.

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