Courtesty of Flickr Member Kirt Edblom:

FREE Culinary/Ag Tourism Workshop

Increasing sales and visitation to our communities through local food, drink and agricultural experiences–
The South Coast – Reedsport to Brookings Coquille, Myrtle Point & Powers.
Special focus for this event on local providers

Agritourism, Food Trails, Local Food, Seafood, Farms, Breweries etc.

When: Wednesday April 4th 2018 10am-12pm

Location: Pony Village Mall, North Bend, Oregon Rm 155 (Next to Payless Shoes) – Near Winter Indoor Farmers Market
1611 Virginia Ave #201, North Bend, OR 97459 Google Map

Agenda (Subject to Change)


  • Introduction
  • Review of South Coast Rural Tourism Network
  • Review of the Travel Oregon South Coast Rural Tourism Studio and Grant for Agritourism/Eat Fresh and Local
  • Local Seafood & Working Waterfronts


  • Examples of Agritourism and Tips for Success


  • The Why and How of “Trail Systems” for increasing visitation – Examples and Food & Beverage


  • Current Status of the Food Trail effort, how to participate, Q&A


  • Conclude Workshop Talks – Invitation to visit the local farmers market ( open until 2pm) at Pony Village Mall and Lunch (on your own with new friends)


Miles Phillips – Assoc. Professor -Tourism Business Development – OSU Extension/Oregon Sea Grant
Jamie Doyle – Community Development Agent – OSU Extension/Oregon Sea Grant

Registration not required but is helpful for our planning. FREE Event

Register Online To Help Us Plan…Thanks!
Culinary/Ag Tourism Workshop Sign Up

Offered by OSU Extension and Local Partners

Locally Made

Be a Community Ambassador!

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee and Oregon’s Adventure Coast have teamed up to sponsor a new program to reward local employees that interact with visitors.

$10 gift cards are being given to the first 100 people to sign up and participate in the program by doing a one hour online program about local visitor information & customer service best practices, i.e. where to shop, eat, sleep and play depending on the visitor interests.

Secret shoppers will then reward participants should they receive good service with a $50 gift card.

Two in person social events will host participants to meet for fun and increase knowledge of the area, including local trivia contest with prizes. Details to be announced through email to participants at the end of March. Tentative plans are for the social event trivia contests to be April 11 and May 2,  6pm -7:30pm. Location to be announce by email.

To sign up go online to 

Conducted in partnership with Southern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Coos Bay/North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau and OSU Extension Tourism Program.



This post is a repost from the Oregon Coast Visitor Association (OCVA)

Greetings Owner / HR Manager –

As we all know, recruiting a skilled workforce is difficult these days.  We are creating initiatives to address these challenges and intend to identify the most common workforce training needs by surveying employers directly

Preferably the person responsible for, or knowledgeable about, your company’s workforce development i.e. the hiring and training of employees should complete this survey by 5:00pm on Monday, February 26th.

This survey has been commissioned by the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) as part of our effort to provide responsive service by offering to support specialized training and professional development opportunities to the coastal visitor industry.

Your responses will help us determine priorities.  Some educational programs may be offered at no charge, while others will require a fee.  OCVA will partner with other organizations like Oregon State University Extension to provide training in response to the information you provide.

Answering every question greatly improves our ability to provide appropriate support, however all of the questions are completely optional.  Reports generated will not include any business or personal names or emails.  The contact information helps to respond to specific needs and to ensure respondents are valid.

Thank you!




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Background: The Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association (OCVA) is the official Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) as designated by the Oregon Tourism Commission, DBA Travel Oregon. Our association is comprised of Chambers of Commerce, Visitors Centers/Bureaus, resource management entities and 100+ private tourism businesses along Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline. We advocate on behalf of the coastal tourism industry by facilitating industry alignment, coordinating industry management efforts and by engaging in cooperative promotional activities which achieve maximum, measurable benefits for our coastal economy with minimal negative impacts on our quality of life.