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What's up next: Clackamas County tourism employees named rising stars at conference

Exhibit exudes positive attitude

A new art exhibit at Clackamas Community College explores living life to the fullest and finding positive aspects of negative experiences. In his "Happy Daze" exhibit, West Linn-based artist Josh Gross uses ink jet prints to tell the story of one happy day in 2017.

Iconic imagery of the Pacific Northwest and contemporary sociopolitical views are also incorporated in the pieces.

The show will hang at the school's Alexander Gallery at the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 27. An artist reception will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery, with Gross speaking about his work at 1 p.m. The Alexander Gallery is open from 9 a.\m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is free to visit.

Tourism employees named rising stars

Two tourism staffers from Clackamas County were recently honored at a U.S. Travel Association conference.

Casey Knopik and Aaron Liersemann of Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory, the tourism agency for Clackamas County, received the Rising Star Award on Monday, Aug. 28, at the annual U.S. Travel Association's ESTO conference in Minneapolis. The award honors an employee of a marketing organization with fewer than three years of experience who is making a positive change in the industry.

This is the first year that more than one person has won the award. Knopik and Liersemann are both tourism specialists who focus on destination development. Knopik created a training program that has increase the number of lodging properties working with tour operators, and

Liersemann led updated and rebranded the county's Teletales Heritage Sites program as the Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail, which modernized the program through technology, signage and partner engagement.

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