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Tourism debate erupts at COG

October 3, 2013

The battle over which organization should serve as the official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for Warren County was waged on a new front Wednesday night....

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reader

Oct-03-13 11:45 AM

when jim decker says, "our goal is to change the financial direction of the monies", sounds to me like he wants it in his spocket. when jim decker puts in the newspaper a twice yearly report on how much bed tax was taken in and where it was spent on tourism, then maybe I can see WCCBI having control over the tourism. until then don't try to line your pockets.

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reader

Oct-03-13 11:46 AM

pocket. sorry

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luckyladdy1925

Oct-03-13 12:08 PM

The comm. are getting in the same class as THE Pres. The switch is lousy it should be left where it is.

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dubedit

Oct-03-13 12:30 PM

If the TPA was spending 70 cents of each dollar on administration and closing its visitor center on weekends, that's incompetence in my view and a change is in order.

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writer10

Oct-03-13 3:07 PM

A lot of people didn't even know the visitors center was there and they do a poor job of showcasing the area. How much money is spent on that unstaffed building.

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Riggle

Oct-03-13 3:18 PM

Looks like the commissioners are trying to make it look like the COG (which is only there to prop up the resource extraction) will be used to support the ill-conceived action to gift the chamber with the tourism promotion agency and it's funding. This, after no evidence that the chamber is successful in what it is meant to do--bringing job-creating businesses to our county. Citizens are on to the unsuccessful happenings done by the chamber. Declaring something staged by the chamber as a success doesn't necessarily mean that is actually is one. That is one mistake, but compounding it by rewarding them by handing over the TPA responsibilities and $$ makes an even bigger mistake. What the COG thinks is irrelevant. That is a "Bortz" move to attempt to wash the commissioner's office's hands of what they did behind the scene. There may also be shadowy figures pulling the strings behind the scenes. This whole thing stinks to high heaven. Citizens should not let this happen.

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jibbula

Oct-03-13 5:46 PM

The whole argument is silly. I mean, who in their right mind would vacation in the cesspool that is Warren County PA?

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JJsMommy

Oct-04-13 10:42 AM

Please people educate yourselves. WCCBI administative runs at over 80%. If you talk to local gas stations, restaurants, lounges, area attractions you will see how many visitors the WCVB has brought to Warren. Saying people do not know about the WCVB, maybe it is because they do not feel the need to pat themselves on the back constantly. It has always been about tourism which is why all the businesses who earn the bed tax dollars sit on that board. It is a team effort to bring people to stay in our hotels and spend days here. WCCBI is day events, brings no tourism to the area what so ever, why do you think the companies that earn that tax is fightiing it? If the WCCBI brought visitors into Warren it would make sense. There are reasons people, you might want to listen to both sides before assuming.

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