Lease expiration allowed tourism organization to take centralized location

The Washington County Visitors Association has relocated its headquarters from a South Beaverton location to the South Office Building at The Round at Beaverton Central.

As its lease was expiring at 11000 S.W. Stratus St. No. 170, the association took the opportunity to seek alternate locations and landed at 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, suite 210, at The Round.

“The choice of locating our headquarter office at The Round was simple due to proximity to public transportation and the revitalization of The Round common areas,” said Carolyn McCormick, the visitors association’s president and chief executive officer. “The new location also gives the WCVA a shift in corporate culture with an open space office that lends itself greatly to the creative and collaborative thinking that is needed.”

The visitors association is a not-for-profit destination marketing organization that serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Washington County as a destination for leisure and business travelers, and meeting, sports and events planners. Established in 1983, the organization is funded solely from a percentage of transient lodging taxes from lodging businesses in Washington County. In addition to destination marketing, the association supports tourism development, serves as an advocate for the tourism industry and conducts annual research about the county’s tourism industry and its visitors.

The association’s move continues a trend of revitalization at The Round in the past year and a half. The city purchased the South Office Building in spring 2012, while Portland-based ScanlanKemperBard Companies purchased the Watson Building, the parking garage building, the retail spaces along Southwest Crescent Street, and undeveloped properties at the complex. The South Office Building will house the city of Beaverton’s administrative offices, once they’re relocated from 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, on the first, fourth and fifth floors by summer 2014. The rest of the space will be leased to private businesses.

Since the building was purchased, the occupation rate has gone from 32 percent to nearly 70 percent, according to city officials.

“We’re thrilled to have such a great organization like WCVA located in the South Office Building,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “I encourage residents and visitors alike to stop by their new office and find out what wonderful places you can visit in Beaverton and Washington County.”

For more information on the visitors association, visit or call McCormick, at 503-644-5555.

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