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Freeway rest areas topic of Troutdale meeting on April 29

The Governor's Task Force on Transportation and Tourism will hold a town hall meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at the Troutdale City Conference Building, 226 Buxton St., to hear public comments regarding the state's rest areas along interstate and major highways.

'We welcome new ideas on how rest areas may better serve state and local tourism and transportation needs,' said Mike Nelson, Oregon Transportation Commission member and task force chair.

The meeting is part of a series held in cooperation with, and hosted by, local chambers of commerce and visitor and convention bureaus this month in areas of the state near Interstates 84 and 5. Public comments will be used to create a strategic plan for state rest areas.

'We want to hear from community leaders and members, especially those involved in tourism, transportation and economic development, about key issues of concern, including safety, truck parking and travelers' services,' Nelson said.

The meeting will be facilitated by Cheryl Gribskov, executive director, and Sharyl Parker, industry development manager, of the Travel Information Council.

The strategic planning effort is being conducting by a collaboration of public and private agencies, including AAA of Oregon, Oregon Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Oregon Trucking Associations, Oregon Lodging Association, Oregon Restaurant Association, Department of Transportation, Economic and Community Development Department, State Police, Parks and Recreation, Travel Information Council and Travel Oregon.

Established by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, the Transportation and Tourism Task Force focuses on facilitating a continued public-private partnership between government and the transportation and tourism industries that promotes and encourages the continued development of Oregon's tourism industry.

For more information, visit the Travel Information Council's Web site at www.oregontic.com.