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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tourism To Be Spotlighted Thursday

Two guest speakers will be discussing the economic benefits of tourism and new developments in that industry at Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners.

The meeting starts at 11 am and is open to the public. It will be held in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. Those attending should use the North Main Street entrance. The meeting room is inside the first door to the left.

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David Brooks, executive director of the Potter County Visitors Association, will be sharing details on tourism economics and several initiatives to attract visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds, the U.S. Route 6 corridor through northern Pennsylvania, and Potter County in particular.

Mike Wennin, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region, will discuss that organization’s activities and plans to capitalize on northcentral Pennsylvania’s past to attract tourists.

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

Amazing!

Four hours have passed and nobody has used this story as another excuse to find fault with our Potter County Commissioners. I hope none of the three commissioners are reading this website because they might get the mistaken impression that a large number of citizens are small-minded and dissatisfied with their performance.

If you look closely at the comments that are posted here whenever a story is written about the Commissioners, you will see that they are two or three people who have an ax to grind and they hide behind their "anonymous" name to attack the Commissioners every chance they get.

Potter County is fortunate to have the team we have right now in the Commissioners Office. They need to know that the three or four outspoken critics who are lurking and using this tool in an attempt to damage their reputations do NOT speak for the silent majority.

If you really have some constructive criticism, why don't you go to a meeting and speak your mind?

Anonymous said...

I love our commissioners. Maybe one posts anonymously for many reasons...to give kudos quietly..
to feel free to speak up without
seeing hostile faces...this is not the most free atmosphere here in Potter. Our Commissioners are caring and good people...but what does this have to do with Tourism.
It is a problem. DB has brought none here...he let the NY Times article go to Wellsboro..sorry
but he is a nice boy but not a player. Tourism is a advertising job...it requires vision and
a bit of vision with illusion involved. One must create illusion. Each photo must look
ten times better than it is...
it must be 'airbrushed' to use
a fashion shoot expression...the angles must be perfect...
Trust me, it can be created.

Anonymous said...

"they hide behind their "anonymous" name" Comment written by anonymous. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

"Potter County is fortunate to have the team we have right now in the Commissioners Office."

I appreciate the hard work they put in but they are not the "most qualified" to run the county. One is qualified, two are not. There are lots more qualified people around but they won't put up with the BS.

JMHO

Anonymous said...

Information you seem to have is not Correct. DB did not let the story go to wellsboro, infact he worked very hard to get that story. There were other business and people that didn't follow up on it as they should have. (you can lead a person to water but to drink is there option) DB worked months on getting that article but had little support from the business, so where is the fault? Before you point fingers get the facts and information before you point fingers. That young man is devoted to doing all he can to promote Potter County. Just look at his record for the last 7 years. Where was tourism 7 years ago? In stead of always being negitive, really look at the whole picture. Look where it was and then look at it now. Just take a walk down Main street today, its a shame. Tourism is very important, to Coudersport and the surrounding communities. We need to get business opened and need to make us look like the best little town in the country and to promote the other towns so business will say, yes lets move there, and open a business. You have to get the people here first. And we all need to support and promote our county. So instead of being negitive, why not do your part and support tourism, because right now thats all we got.

Anonymous said...

If you want to make the town look better, then someone needs to make the owner of the Old Hickory building do something with it.....either refurbish it or tear it down, because it is a terrible eyesore. Also, You really contradicted yourself "Just look at his record for the last 7 years. Where was tourism 7 years ago?" "Look where it was and then look at it now. Just take a walk down Main street today, its a shame." Are you saying that it is better now than 7 years ago, but why is it a shame? I really don't think supporting tourism is going to make the town prosper....it has been declining ever since the PGC allowed all of the deer to be killed off.

Anonymous said...

I congratulate David Brooks on the great job he has done with tourism in Potter County. Who fought for Lyman Run Dam; he played a big part in this project along with many others. We've got a devoted young man working here in Potter County; don't discourage him! Ever wonder why our youth don't stay in this area? Look at the positive and give him all the support he needs. I have the opportunity to interact with a lot of people in our community and those who come to visit and believe me....Dave has done a wonderful job promoting Potter County and the PA Wilds! Hold you head up HIGH Dave; you have a lot to be proud of!

Anonymous said...

Where does the funding to support the PCVA come from?

Anonymous said...

The point I was trying to make is, that tourism in Potter County 7 years ago was not very important.. We had Adelphia and no one felt there was a need. With the fall of Adelphia, our economy in our County has hurt extremely. We need to promote tourism to bring people to our wonderful county. So they can experience what a wonderful place it is. The revenue that tourism brings and the potential that it could bring should be top priority for this county. DB has devoted 100% to do just that. The potential of our tourism can bring people to our county but also a possibility of business locating here. DB is promoting this county as the place to visit, live, and open a business. This county has a lot to offer and I am glad we have someone that is devoted to doing that.

Anonymous said...

"With the fall of Adelphia, our economy in our County has hurt extremely" I don't agree witht his statement at all....the county econoimy was actually brought back to reality, just like it was before Adelphia was prospering. Tourism "might" bring a few businesses to the area, but tthe common working person doesn't have any stake in the push for tourism other than higher prices in the stores during the tourist seasons

Anonymous said...

"Where does the funding to support the PCVA come from?"

The majority of their money comes from the 3% room occupancy tax collected by the local hotels. Every guest that stays in Potter is supposed to be subject to this tax to promote tourism. Looks like the hundreds of thousands collected in the last few years has done little to no good in achieving its goal. There are LESS people coming to Potter today than there was 5 years ago. Why? First because we don't have anything major to attract tourism. Never did. And second, because all the business left. The taxes collected and thus the budget of the PCVA will be going way down in the near future. The majority of the tax was paid by the business people, not the tourists. Currently, if it wasn't for the oil and gas people, Coudy would be a ghost town and the PCVA's budget would be nill. They probably wouldn't even have enough money to run that fancy plasma tv they have...

Anonymous said...

At least we can all agree that we like to read local obituaries on Solomon's Words.

Something else that we all need to agree on is promoting tourism in Potter County is a good thing.

A couple of days ago I spoke to a businessperson who was seriously thinking about investing a lot of money in Coudersport. He follows Solomon's Words somewhat and is having second thoughts because he thinks Potter County has a significant element of people who DO NOT want to work together to make this a better place to live, work, and do business.

I told him those folks are in the minority and just have an axe to grind and use Solomon's or the Potter Leader Enterprise as a soap box. In other words those opinions don't represent the silent majority.

Let's please show him what Potter County is really about and emphasize the positive and truly work together to make things better throughout the county.

Anonymous said...

Good, I say the gas companies should be helping to beef up tourism, because after they rape our land and leave we'll be stuck with nothing again. 3% of a $50 room is about a buck fifty. I think thats the least they can do.

Anonymous said...

"I told him those folks are in the minority and just have an axe to grind and use Solomon's or the Potter Leader Enterprise as a soap box."

They are a minority.

There is a core group of individuals, business people and volunteers who have a true vision and desire to make the area work. it's a matter of finding them out and speaking to them to see what they are all about.

As for the others, most are likely good people who may be to close to the trees to see how great the forest can be.

Anonymous said...

You need to quit standing on your own soapbox!!! All of the people of Potter County are genreally "good" people nad I'm sure that he vast majority would welcome just about any business with open arms. The simple truth, from someone who has spent their life here in the county, is that "we" the people are nmot iopen to having outsiders pull the wool over our eyes any longer. The hunting industry is dying , the snowmobiling industry is dying, the leaf change industry only lasts a couple of weeks, the gun shows, archery shows, and woodsmen shows bring in some people. I just don't see what is so interesting in this county that tourism comes into play as a big hitter. I have lived here for the whole 42 years of my life and , in my honest opinion, little has changed in industry, tourism, or economy[. Why do "some core groups of individuals" feel that we have to change tour way of life?

Anonymous said...

"I say the gas companies should be helping to beef up tourism, because after they rape our land"

Do you own and pay taxes on this land you are talking about? Because if you do not it is not "our land" now is it?

If you own the land and or mineral rights, then a contract and or lease has been signed...they have not just come in here and raped our land!

And if you are talking about the pipe line, it is needed for natural gas users in their homes.

Anonymous said...

The gas pipeline is actually there to transfer gas between stations....it would not be advisable to pipe directly to a persons house from the pipeline. Of course, we will still pay for that pipeline...it's on your gas bill as a transport charge.