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County Holding Tourism Strategy Meeting July 11

Economic Development plans meeting for White Salmon.

The Klickitat County Economic Development Department is holding two tourism strategy "fact-finding" meetings this week.

The meetings -- one in White Salmon and one in Goldendale -- are designed to "coordinate and leverage marketing and programming resources," according to a news release from the Economic Development Department.

"With Mt. Adams in its back yard, the beautiful Columbia Gorge River in its front, along with an expanding number of prestigious cultural attractions -- from the Maryhill Museum; a growing number of wineries and wine growers in the area; and the Lewis & Clark Centennial around the corner -- Klickitat County is in a unique position to grow its tourism industry," read an excerpt from the release.

The county recently hired Pearl Communications, a Northwest-based strategic marketing firm to help develop a tourism plan. The objective is to improve local economies through increased tourism and provide opportunities for Klickitat County to join with neighboring counties to develop an overall marketing plan for the upcoming Lewis & Clark commemoration.

In White Salmon, the public is invited to participate in a fact-finding workshop beginning at 6 p.m. at the Park Center auditorium.

"We want to make sure that as the county continues to grow, we work cooperatively with all the groups that impact visitors to the area and that we are strategically positioning ourselves in the best way possible," explained Tom Seifert, business retention and expansion specialist for the Economic Development Department.

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