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Vision for River Canyon Country offered

Series of tourism workshops

   A Rural Tourism Studio is being offered in the newly created River Canyon Country (Madras, Prineville, Warm Springs, Terrebonne, and surrounding area) starting in early November.
   This is a program offered by Travel Oregon to assist in developing a vibrant tourism and recreation economy in the River Canyon Country and is open to anyone in the area. The program is only offered in two locations in Oregon each year.
   The Rural Tourism Studio begins Nov. 6 and offers eight days of interactive and productive sessions alternating between Madras and Prineville.
   The program kicks off with a two-day community tourism visioning and planning session, followed by sessions focusing on cultural and agri-tourism, outdoor recreation, and bicycle tourism.
   Community leaders, business entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging property owners, land managers, guides, outdoor enthusiasts, restaurateurs, event producers, and anyone with an interest in strengthening the local economy through tourism are encouraged to participate in the program.
   Events are free; there is a $5 fee for each workshop to help cover meal costs. It is recommended that all participants attend all workshops and events to maximize the impact of the program.
   The following is a list of workshops and events offered in the Rural Tourism Studio for River Canyon Country:
   . Nov. 6 - Community Tourism Visioning Event
   . Nov. 7 - Community Tourism Planning Workshop
   . Dec. 4 - Cultural and Agri-Tourism Development Workshop
   . Dec. 5 - Tourist for a Day Field Session Workshop
   . Jan. 8 - Outdoor Recreation Development Workshop and Un-Cork Your Business' Tourism Potential Event!
   . Jan. 9 - Bicycle Tourism Development Workshop
   . Jan. 29 - Rural Tourism Marketing on a Shoestring Workshop
   . Jan. 30 - Teaming for Success Workshop and Community Tourism Kickoff Event!
   This program is offered with support from a local steering committee including representatives from Warm Springs, Prineville, Madras, Culver, Terrebonne, and Powell Butte.
   To register for the program, fill out the online registration form available at http://Industry.TravelOregon.com/RTS.
   For questions about the local program, contact Joe Krenowicz at the Madras Chamber of Commerce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 541-475-2350, or Joe Becker at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 541-447-6304.
   The program is sponsored by Travel Oregon, with support from a local steering committee including representatives from Indian Head Casino, Crook County, Economic Development for Central Oregon, Studio on Fifth, Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Ochoco National Forest/Crooked River National Grassland, Brasada Ranch, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Prineville Power Sports, Crooked River Roundup, Prineville City Council, Crook County Open Campus, Cove Palisades Resort Inc., Central Oregon KOA, the Inn at the Cross Keys, Central Oregon Visitors Association, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa, and Imperial River Co.