Mike Riley, OSU Head Football Coach and Mark Helfrich, UO Head Football Coach are teaming up to tackle wildfires. Everyone wins when we keep oregon’s forests green! Fall means football, but it is also the time of year when we tend to relax our guard against wildfire. Forest vegetation is still dry and one stray ember or spark is all it takes to destroy thousands of acres, and put life safety, property, and our natural resources at risk. Whether you are hunting, camping or working with equipment, carelessness with fire can affect everyone’s enjoyment of Oregon’s great outdoors for years to come. Don’t give wildfire a chance to get on the scoreboard. Team up with your local fire professionals to tackle wildfire.
―By Nathan Stevens, Public Affairs Communications internIt’s summer time, and the living has become a bit easier ― for tourists anyway.The Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon, has given out almost a dozen $120,000 grants to tourism development projects across the state. One of them went to the UO-based Community Service Center, which will use the money to gauge the condition of historical theaters around the state.Community Service Center director Robert Parker spearheaded the grant application. He said the project grew out of concern that many of these theatres were falling into disrepair.“The first thing that astonished me was there was no inventory of these things and they’re tremendous community assets,” Parker said, adding that a number of them “are either not operating or (are) financially teetering on insolvency.”Parker and others at the center wanted to look at ways to maintain historic theaters as well as improve them or bring them up to modern standards. As Parker puts it, “for small communities those particular facilities have the capacity to be really significant anchors for downtowns that have been struggling.”Outside of the UO theater project, a good portion of the grant winners are planning friendlier spaces for bikers across the state. Klamath and Lane County both have biking projects in mind.
Also, the International Mountain Bike Association is looking to build a 1.5-mile mountain bike trail on the Rouge River, and Team Dirt, a subsidiary of the IMBA, is planning a one-mile bicycle trail near Alsea Falls.
The funding comes through Travel Oregon’s matching grants program. Carole Astley, a senior manager at Travel Oregon, said the projects are aimed at improving the state’s infrastructure and bolstering the Oregon economy by drawing more tourists.
The 11 projects will be completed between September 2014 and September 2015, and the matching grants program’s next round will begin in 2016.
Travel Oregon Awards $120,000 for Local Tourism Development
August 5, 2014
The joys of cycling, eating local and preserving cultural heritage will become even easier for Oregonians and visitors, thanks in part to $120,000 in matching grant funds awarded by the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon).
Through its biennial Matching Grants Program, Travel Oregon helps advance tourism-development projects across the state that improve local economies and communities by enhancing, expanding and promoting Oregon’s travel and tourism industry.
“We are pleased to see so many projects focused on product development,” said Carole Astley, Industry & Visitor Services Senior Manager at Travel Oregon. “The funds invested in these proposals will improve the state’s infrastructure for visitors and enhance our quality of life across the state by positively impacting local economies through tourism.”
The awarded grant projects will be completed between September 2014 and September 2015.
The grant winners and their projects are:
Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, for the first phase of a product development plan to enhance the region’s culinary and agricultural tourism experiences for visitors
Estacada Development Association, for construction of a cycling plaza, “rest area,” that will attract cyclists to the community and region
Team Dirt, for the construction of a one-mile, black-diamond cycle trail at Alsea Falls Recreation Site, located in the Advanced Trail Expansion area
International Mountain Bike Association, for construction of a 1.5 mile world-class, mountain bike flow trail in Rogue River
Community Service Center, University of Oregon, to assess the current condition of all historic theaters in Oregon in order to generate strategies related to the preservation, promotion and successful operation of historic theaters in Oregon communities
Hollywood Theatre, to transform a business center in the Portland International Airport into a screening room inspired by its iconic 1926 building
Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau, to develop a large tear-pad cycle map that will show Klamath County mountain bike trails and road bike routes
U.S. Farm Stay Association, to produce three short videos highlighting the farm-stay experience available on farms and ranches statewide
Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, to develop a SCUBA diving infrastructure to support and market recreational and research diving opportunities on Oregon’s south coast
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, to produce bilingual interpretive signs that will enhance the Open Campus approach, allowing for international, self-guided tours
Travel Lane County, to develop a mobile Bike Visitor Center to enhance the biking experience in Lane County by strategically placing the visitor center throughout the region for firsthand local information, tips and personalized trip planning
The biennial Matching Grants Program will open its next cycle in 2016. Oregon tourism industry organizations are invited to apply for funding. For more information, please contact Patti Kileen at Patti@TravelOregon.com or visit: Industry.TravelOregon.com/matching-grants