by: Bill Vollmer/The Pioneer - Above, Warm Springs business owners Randy and Brenda Nathan attended the recent River Canyon Country workshop.

   Area entrepreneurs and businesspeople attended a River Canyon Country workshop in mid-December, which included a tour of local attractions as seen through the eyes of a tourist.
   Offered by Travel Oregon, the series of workshops is aimed at helping develop a vibrant tourism and recreation economy in a designated area of Oregon.
   The River Canyon Country area includes Madras, Prineville, Warm Springs, Terrebonne and surrounding areas.
   The workshops cost $5 each and are open to community leaders, business entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging owners, land managers, guides, outdoor enthusiasts, restaurateurs, event producers, and others interested in strengthening the economy through tourism.
   The sessions began in November and continue through Jan. 30. Topics include: community tourism visioning and planning, cultural and agri-tourism development, being a tourist for a day, outdoor recreation development, bicycle tourism development, rural tourism marketing on a shoestring, and teaming for success.
   For more information, contact Joe Krenowicz at the Madras/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 541-475-2350.
   To register for the workshops, visit
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