Susquehanna County tourism effort fast-tracked

The Susquehanna County Courthouse was built in the Greek Revival style – one of the architectural styles prominent in the Montrose Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

In an effort to fast-track the newly created Susquehanna County Tourism & Promotion Agency, the commissioners adopted the group’s bylaws at the March 8 meeting.

Commissioner Elizabeth Arnold abstained from the vote. Arnold is a member of the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau board of directors and has abstained from all votes pertaining to the matter.

Commissioner Alan Hall said he expects the new agency’s board to come together in the next few weeks. “We’re excited,” he said.

Hall also said that the county’s attorney is very confident that the steps taken by the commissioners to launch the new tourism agency have been followed correctly. In February, the county decertified the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau (EMVB) as Susquehanna County’s tourism and promotion agency.

A small group of people involved with various organizations came together last week as the commissioners move to putting together a board of directors to start work on the new venture. A public presentation about the new Susquehanna County Tourism and Promotion Agency will take place on Thursday evening, 6 p.m., at the County Public Safety Facility in New Milford Twp.

The commissioners also approved other items at the business meeting, including a contract with the Susquehanna County Recovery Alliance, Lackawanna – Susquehanna Drug & Alcohol Program and the American Program Bureau Inc. to provide student assemblies and a community program featuring former NBA star Chris Herren.

The assemblies and community event are expected to take place in September and are being paid with $34,000 in Opioid Settlement Funding and $34,000 from Lackawanna-Susquehanna D&A Program.

The commissioners issued one proclamation, declaring March 12-18 as 4-H Week in the county.

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