Chamber Ends City Tourism Pact

Marion County ChamberFrom Staff Reports

The executive board of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce voted Wednesday to terminate its agreement with the City of Jefferson to manage tourism activities.

Utilizing the contract’s 30-day exit clause, the arrangement will end April 15, according to Chamber Executive Director Kari Alexander.

Following the resignation of Tourism Director Kevin Godfrey last year, the city reached a six-month agreement with the Chamber to staff and operate the city’s tourism building and tourism effort for $3,000 per month.

Tourism Committee Chairman Colleen Taylor argued at the last city council meeting money the city pays the Chamber could be better used to purchase advertising. She proposed the city hire three part-time employees for a total of $2,400 per month to do the job. The employees would work under the supervision of the Tourism Committee.



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