Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau promotes city

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Promoting Reynoldsburg as a destination for visitors is a goal the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau takes seriously.

Mary Hudson, director of the bureau, came to the March 10 meeting of Reynoldsburg City Council to provide an update on the marketing organization.

"The bureau is officially 18 years old and we have come a long way," Hudson told council. She said the non-profit organization has worked diligently to promote the city of Reynoldsburg on a local, state and national level, while also assisting and sponsoring many of the ongoing community events in and around Reynoldsburg.

"Our goal is to promote Reynoldsburg as a visitor destination," Hudson said, noting that travel and tourism is the No. 2 industry in the United States.

To encourage visitors, the bureau has taken advantage of advertising opportunities in various magazines when special promotions occur.

"These ads represent thousands of dollars in advertising, which we would never be able to accomplish alone," Hudson said.

With funding issues at the forefront, the city’s 2007 Fourth of July parade and fireworks were cancelled.

"2007 brought about new challenges," Hudson admitted. "The community stepped up in a big way."

Overall, Hudson said, the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau is looking to the future.

"We are pleased with many aspects of our business," she said. "We will continue to market Reynoldsburg to the best of our ability."

In other news, council:

•Agreed to appoint Robert Sanders and Robert Amiet to the Reynoldsburg Civil Service Commission to serve four year terms expiring Jan. 14, 2012, as well as the appointment of Denise Mucci, whose term expires Jan. 14, 2010.

•Heard the second reading of legislation authorizing EMH&T to provide engineering services for the Rosehill Road reconstruction project.

•Heard the second reading of the 2008 budget.

•Heard the second reading of legislation authorizing the issue and sale of $13.5 million in health care facilities revenue bonds for the purpose of refinancing.

•Held a closed executive sessions to discuss pending litigation and the appointment and compensation of a public employee. No action was taken following either closed session.

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