Ord Area Welcomes Nebraska Tourism Workshop Visitors

During the past few months, local individuals, businesses and organizations joined forces to prepare for the annual Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop that Nebraska Tourism announced they were hosting this year in the Ord area.

Approximately 125 attendees gathered from February 26-28, 2019 to explore new ideas, seek information and resources and connect with peers about starting or growing an ag- or eco-based tourism business whether it was bed and breakfast lodging, a pumpkin patch or grass-fed beef. Attendees came from across the state as well as North Dakota and South Dakota.

Activities at The Golden Husk  Networking during a Sponsor Break

The hospitality of over 20 venues and businesses in the Valley and Garfield County areas is what led to memorable experiences during the workshop. Prior to the event, several local hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses blocked off rooms in their facilities in preparation for the influx of visitors for the workshop.

Local financial sponsors of the event included Valley County Tourism, Valley County Community Foundation Fund, Valley County Economic Development and Stowell, Geweke & Piskorski P.C., L.L.O.

Site hosts for various activities included Scratchtown Brewing Company, Bootleg Brewers, The Golden Husk and the Trotter Event Center along with three incredible ranch tours at Comstock Premier Hunting Lodge near Sargent, Calamus Outfitters near Burwell and Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch near Burwell.

Comstock Premier Hunting Lodge Calamus Outfitters Rowse's 1+1 Ranch

Local caterers were used throughout the three-day workshop including Roy’s Place, Jubilee Events & Catering, Sandstone Grill and Pizza Palace and several local vendors took part in the workshop’s Taste & Feel of Nebraska gathering including Popcorn County USA, Main Street Gallery, Sterling Emmer Wheat and Normal Roasting Company.

Roy's Place catering at The Golden Husk Pizza Palace pizza party at Scratchtown Brewing Company

The Ord Quiz and KNLV Radio were also incredible supporters prior to the event in promoting the opportunity for local entrepreneurs and businesses owners to take part.

More photos from the workshop can be found here

The hours, investment and passion these local businesses and organizations contributed in preparing for and welcoming visitors for this event is yet another illustration of the collaborative, entrepreneurial culture that exists in our area. Helping to recruit and host events like this workshop generates revenue for local businesses, increases lodging tax collections for our community, showcases the amenities we have to offer in our area and creates a stronger network among area business owners that may lead to future referrals and collaborations down the road.

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