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Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse herd photo courtesy of John Wagner, Dinosaur.
Many of the displays are on loan from area businesses, organizations and residents. "Douglas" our bull elk is on display from Larry Neu and was taken during a hunt on Douglas Mountain in western Moffat County. The mule deer is on loan from Randy Merrick and was harvested on Black Mountain north of Craig. The pronghorn buck was harvested in area 3 by Kevin Deatherage. We also have a set of antler sheds from "Clyde" at the Wyman Museum.
Ms. Gottschall, I would like to first thank you for your interest in our County and the Tourism Board in particular. I would like to personally invite you to attend our meetings on the first Wednesday of each month to gain a better understanding of how our Board operates. I think that you will find that your questions will be adequately answered and we can always benefit from the public's input. I would also be willing to meet with you personally to answer the questions that you have asked. Our single most important goal, outside of marketing Moffat County to increase tourism opportunities and ultimately the tourism dollars that benefit our communities, is to make sure that we have open communication with the communities that we serve. We welcome all levels of involvement in our tourism Board and although we do not currently have any openings on the Board we welcome public participation. All of the Board's records are a matter of public record and any member of the communities we serve are welcome to request that information so that they are able to have educated discussions and make informed opinions. I would be willing to walk you through that Open Records process if you would like.
I am sorry that you do not see the value of having more than one avenue of information accessible regarding all of the opportunities that are available in Moffat County. The sites, however, will not be merged. The five pages that the MCTA has within the shared site with the Chamber and the CMEDP is a very valuable portal. The advantages to being able to utilize the www.visitmoffatcounty.com site as an interactive marketing tool in addition to those pages are great in number. While the marketing company we have contracted with continues to gather statistical and historical data to assist us in our marketing strategies for the future we will continue to move forward with sharing as much information about our County in as many ways as we can. Any time we can do that for as minimal cost as we have the opportunity to do currently we would be remiss in ignoring the potential. One overall goal is to give the best customer service to the visitors that we can. The visitors to Moffat County do not care about the political climate here, only what to do while they are here. That has to be our focus to ensure our success. "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them - Albert Einstein" It is certainly time to refresh our relationships and work together for the benefit of the communities in Moffat County that we all call Home! We need to think Cooperative instead of Competitive.
My role as Tourism Director for the Moffat County Tourism Association will get the same dedication and passion that I have put into any other endeavor that I have agreed to take on.
I would again welcome your attendance and participation at our meetings as a valuable voice in our community.
You can listen to the speeches on KRAI.com
It is often easy to hide behind a screen name on this site. I have no idea who any of you are, but I do hope you are not on either of these boards. You have taken the chance for communication and made it completely personal. You have both formed an opinion before the conversation has even started. Unfortunately your opinion has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. If you would like to inform yourself more on the issue you can download the presentation that the commissioners received you may do so on our website www.visitmoffatcounty.com />
You may also get involved in the discussion and solution by attending the MCTA meeting this morning at 11:30am (regular meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30am) at the MC Courthouse as well as the County Commissioners meetings every Tuesday in the same building.
It is soon we forget, I was reseated as alternate but resigned when I realized that the communication was not going to improve from inside the board structure. However, I continued to attend the meetings and continued to be an active citizen to improve Moffat County, just as I have done with other community boards (Northwest Colorado Products) and tourism efforts (NW CO Cultural Heritage Tourism) for almost 8 years now.
My proposal to the BOCC is for more communication to take place before making ANY other decisions. Part of my responsibility as Director of the Gateway Visitor Center is to offer our services for more communication and research. If anything we are not undermining established proven entities in Moffat County, rather providing another layer of available information. A cooperative layer of information that is free of charge no less.
The problem with this line of communication is that it is deadlocked. The role of the Chamber with regards to the Visitor Center is to work closely with the tourism board. Rather than having the crucial conversations between the boards the chamber frequently circumvents the situation and attempts to go to the next step in a process. For example, the two boards could have come to the table with a facilitator to work towards the common goal of making sure the tax dollars are spent appropriately, rather than skipping that conversation in favor of an option that puts further strain on an already ruffled relationship. When a process is not given a full chance to achieve desired results without skipping the more difficult steps it breeds mistrust and miscommunication. When that happens neither board is willing to bend and therefore is not able to be effective.
It is true that the Chamber has opened a line of communication with a solution that has not previously been explored. Our response that, a new expense of an interactive visitor center is also only one option to be explored. It may well be that after thoroughly working through all of the options and scenarios the findings are that the visitor center is right where it needs to be. Perhaps aligning the responsibility for the visitor center with the board whose ultimate responsibility is tourism is the only change that needs to take place. Servicing the visitors to Moffat County is not what is in question the relationship behind the scenes is of more concern.
to be continued...
Do these annual tent event dealers support your child's little league events? Community events? School programs? Do they give any of their own time to mentor or coach our youth?
I'm pretty sure you won't see any banners for Grand Valley Auto or G&A Marketing at the First Annual Moffat County Balloon Festival this weekend...or at Sheep Wagon Days in September or even at the 93rd Annual Moffat County Fair. The local dealers are our neighbors. Is everyone going to like ALL of them? No, but luckily you have a choice! You may even choose to buy from a dealer from another town...when you do...be sure to ask them if they would like to sponsor a saddle for Little Britches or partner with our Special Olympics, Grand Olde West Days, or Whittle the Wood!
With a very ambitious marketing plan in mind, and the local lodging representatives insisting that 6.9% is too high as well...what would your recommendation be to the council? The committee was comfortable with this amount and thoughts were that "you only get one shot at this"...the lodging community has also all rallied together to say that they support the idea, but not at that percentage. This is where your thoughts need to be shared with the council. This was passed on the first reading 5-1. It would be great to see more participation during the council meetings, rather than just grumblings on the street!
I do agree that this will not only affect visitors to our area, but some of our own residents and businesses, as you have experienced. If there is opportunity to put this type of tax in place (even if it is at a lower rate) it can have a positive impact not only on our tourism, but ideally on our overall tax base as well. If we can get them to come, we can get them to stay, if we can get them to stay, we can get them to eat, shop, buy fuel etc! At the right price this really can be a very positive move for our city and county.
Having the City Council to help with oversight and accountability are certainly going to be benefits in having more resources for tourism promotion, beautification and increased economic development activities. Ultimately though, it is your voice that needs to be heard.
If you feel that there needs to be more discussion on this matter... that is where the community needs to step up and be heard. If you think that this tax increase is going to be too high, you need to voice that concern. If you are on board with it, your voice needs to be heard as well. You elected a Council to be your collective voice. They can only do their job with what they are presented. Council meetings are in the evening, making it possible to feed a family and still get there for a meeting...but the council members are also willing to hear from you during the day, in person, by phone or by email.
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