Melody Villard: Board welcomes input |

Melody Villard: Board welcomes input

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Ronda Gottschall's interest in the Moffat County Tourism Association.

I would like to first thank you for your interest in the tourism board. I would like to invite you to attend our meetings the first Wednesday of each month to gain a better understanding of how our board operates.

I think you will find your questions will be adequately answered, and we can always benefit from public input. I would also be willing to meet with you personally to answer questions you have. Our single most important goal, outside of marketing Moffat County to increase tourism opportunities and ultimately the tourism dollars benefiting our communities, is to make sure we have open communication within the communities we serve.

We welcome all levels of involvement in our board. Although we do not currently have any board openings, we welcome public participation.

All board activities are a matter of public record and any member of the communities we serve are welcome to request that information so 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.

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I'm sorry you do not see the value of having more than one avenue of information accessible regarding all opportunities that are available in Moffat County.

The sites, however, will not be merged. The five pages MCTA has within the shared site with the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is a very valuable portal. The advantages to being able to utilize 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 visitors we can. 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 success.

It is certainly time to refresh our relationships and work together for the benefit of Moffat County communities. We need to think cooperative instead of competitive.

My role as tourism director for MCTA will get the same dedication and passion that I have put into any other endeavor I have agreed to take on.

I would again welcome your attendance and participation with MCTA as a valuable voice in our community.

Thank you.

Melody Villard

Director, Moffat County Tourism Association

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