RC chamber seeks help from county with tourism efforts

RC chamber seeks help from county with tourism efforts

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Chamber of Commerce continues to look for ways to expand tourism opportunities around Presque Isle County.

Chamber Executive Director Shannon McKinstry presented to the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Wednesday.

“We’re here today to open the dialogue about county-wide tourism efforts,” she said.

Marketing programs like Pure Michigan, Heritage 23, and “Under the Radar Michigan” have helped bring people to the area, she said.

“One of the main pillars in our community is tourism,” she said. “We included it in our 2017 strategic plan. The chamber is not able to withstand the extra money without help. In order to get people to come here we have to use tourism. It’s a must. I know not everyone can stay, but they can keep coming for vacation.”

McKinstry asked if commissioners would be able to set up a meeting between the chamber and the finance committee.

Chairman Carl Altman said the commissioners have begun to discuss next year’s budget so now is a good time for these types of discussions.

“We have another (budget meeting) Monday. It be a little premature on that meeting,” he said. “We’ve got to work through some bigger budget issues. We’ll be having another. I’m sure we can inform you and have you come in. I think we’re all of the same notion that tourism is an asset to the county.”

In other business:

∫ the board approved a marine administrator contract at $200 for each month for six months with Undersheriff Joe Brewbaker.

∫ resident Theresa Krist asked Commissioner Michael Darga if City Manager Joe Hefele could be appointed to the Presque Isle County Recycling Committee. She said Hefele has extensive knowledge to apply from work with the transfer system, and managerial experience as well. Darga declined the request because it’s a three-person board, and it has enough people on it already. He said he wanted to make sure it was fair to all other boards with three people.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 358-5687.

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