August 11, 2009

Texas Plains Trail Tourism & Preservation Regional Round-up 

 

Upcoming Conference in Plainview August 11, 2009
Greetings!
 
We are so excited to invite you to our first annual, "Texas Plains Trail Tourism & Preservation Regional Round-Up."  In partnership with Preservation Texas, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the City of Plainview, this one-day event will be filled with relevant information on marketing, promoting your community, social media hints, preserving your Historic sites, plus a sharing of best practice tourism ideas.
 
Not only will it provide information, it will also be a great opportunity for networking  with other community and business leaders within the Texas Plains Trail Region who recognize the economic importance of tourism for rural Texas.

You will leave with renewed excitement for your county and region.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding the invitation to others.  We hope to see you in Plainview!
 
 Deborah Sue
 
Deborah Sue McDonald, Regional Coordinator
Texas Plains Trail Region
 
 
Big Region. Big History.Big Fun!
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2009 Texas Plains Trail Tourism & Preservation Regional Round-Up Schedule 

 
When & Where
Date:         August 11, 2009
Time:         8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Location:   Plainview Civic Center
                  2902 West 4th Street 
                              Plainview, Texas
 

Regional Round-Up Agenda
 
8:00-8:30 a.m.-    Registration,  Coffee, Pastries, & Networking Time
                                       
8:30-9:00 a.m.-    Texas Plains Trail Welcome
                          " Promoting Our Region As a Premiere Place to Visit & Live"
                                      Deborah Sue McDonald, Regional Coordinator
 
9:00-9:30 a.m.-    "Wowing You With Website Ideas"
                                      Beth Nobles, Texas Mountain Trail Regional Coordinator 
 
9:30-10:00 a.m.-   "Texas Historical Commission Resources & Programs for Your Community"
                                       THC Staff Member TBA later. 
 
10:00-10:15 a.m.-
  Break (Sponsored by XCEL ENERGY of Amarillo)
 
10:15-10:45 a.m.-   " 'Free' Money for Your Community"
                                                   Nancy Cordero, Rural Economic Development, Texas Department of Agriculture
 
10:45-11:15 a.m.-   "Marketing Your Community"  
                                       Eric Turner, City of Plainview, Mainstreet/CVB 
 
11:15-11:45 a.m.-    "The Power of Partnerships" 
                                       Remelle Ferrar, Knox County Visionary Leadership Board Director  
 
11:45-1:00 p.m.-       Lunch 
                                                    1."Captivating the Traveler's Eye, Outdoor Art in the TPTR" 
                                                           Holle Humphries, Artist, Author, Researcher, Former UT Professor.
                                                    2. Special Entertainment
                                       3. Door Prizes.
 
1:00-1:30 p.m.-        "When Hollywood Comes to Our Towns"
                                                    Carol Pirie,Deputy DIrector, Film Friendly Texas, Texas Film Commission.
 
1:30-:2:00 p.m.-       "Preservation Matters,and It Begins With Your Neighborhood" 
                               'Promoting the Appreciation of the Historic Resources of Texas'
                                                      Krista Schreiner Gebbia, Executive Director, Preservation Texas, Inc. 
 
 2:00-2:15 p.m.-        Break 
 
 2:15-2:45 p.m.-        "Thinking Outside of the Box & Best Practices" at Round-Table Talks.
                                          Community members from within the Region.
 
2:45-3:15 p.m.-         Panel Discussion for Hotel Tax, Tour Opportunities, Tourism Dollars.
                                                       Sid Shaw-Deaf Smith Chamber, Leslie Matthews-VisitLubbock, and others. 
 
3:15-3:30 p.m.-          Closing Remarks, Door Prizes, and adjournment.
Workshop Fees
 
$25 per person (Early bird rate) - includes all sessions, lunch, and snacks
 
$30 per person- (At the door/Later than August 7) - includes all sessions, lunch, and snacks. 
 
Hotel Accomodations
Holiday Inn--     806-296-9900   Rate of $86.00 plus tax   (Ask for Texas Plains Trail rate)
 
Comfort Suite--  806-293-7700   Rate of $79.99 plus tax   (Ask for City of Plainview rate)
 
For a complete listing of other hotels, restaurants, and shopping experiences in Plainview, visit:  http://www.plainviewtx.org. 



Many thanks to our partners & sponsors...
 
PRESERVATION TEXAS
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
CITY OF PLAINVIEW
 
Also a big thanks to all of the counties for donating the gift-baskets! 
 
Registration Due by August 7, 2009
 
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NAME (s):__________________________________________________Phone: _________________________
 
Organization:_______________________________________________E-mail:___________________________
 
Address: ______________________________ City: ________________________ Zip ____________________
 
Number attending Texas Plains Trail Tourism & Preservation Round-Up     __________$25 per person 
    
                                                                                                                      __________Grand Total
 
(     ) Check enclosed           (         )  Please send an invoice         (      ) We will pay at the door.
 
PLEASE FAX OR MAIL COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORM TO TEXAS PLAINS TRAIL REGION AT: 
 
600 North Main- Borger, TX 79008--- FAX: 806-273-3337---e-mail-- txplainstrail@yahoo.com
Phone: 806-273-0920--Cell Phone: 806-231-3479---Website: www.TexasPlainsTrail.com
 
Looking forward to seeing you all!
 
Community Advertising Tables Available-FREE
 
Tables will be available free of charge for communities within the Texas Plains Trail Region to display and share materials.  This will be a great opportunity to "show off" the amazing events & attractions in our 52-Counties.
 
NOTE:  We are also offering "for-profit"  businesses & organizations an opportunity to set up their displays for a $20 fee. 
 
 PLEASE LET US KNOW AHEAD OF TIME, SO WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH TABLES SET UP.
 
(   ) Yes, my community/county would like to reserve a table.
(   ) Yes, my business requests a table for $20.