Tourism grants benefit two Ashland groups

Two Ashland groups are among 11 that will receive matching grants from the Oregon Tourism Commission.

Ashland's Bed and Breakfast Network and Mt. Ashland Association will share in the $63,000 the commission is awarding statewide to aid projects helping local economies and communities by enhancing, expanding and promoting Oregon's visitor industry.

Ashland's Bed and Breakfast Network received its nod for the creation and addition of social networking tools to its Web site, including the development of an interactive map, interactive blog and electronic newsletter.

Mt. Ashland Association received its award for the production and placement of a full-page ad in Ski Oregon Magazine and the creation of a landing page which includes lodging and restaurant partners.

A joint effort by several south coast applicants also received a grant. Bandon Chamber of Commerce put together a marketing campaign including Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Port Orford and North Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Gold Beach Promotions Committee, Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau and Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce. The project will include a television advertising campaign targeting Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The 11 groups were picked from a pool of 38 applicants.

— Greg Stiles

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