Franklin County open to accepting tourism proposals from individuals, outsiders

It’s about options, county officials said.

And while the Franklin County Board of Commissioners is exploring a change in how it spends tourism dollars, that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to a longstanding contract with the Franklin County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

County commissioners voted 4-1 last week to issue a request for proposals, also known as an RFP, for promotion, convention and tourism services for the county. …

The county potentially could get proposals from a variety of entities and/or individuals, [Franklin County administrator] Jon Holmes noted.

As for the local tourism group, Juanita Peckham, board chair, said board members plan to look at what the county puts in its RFP and decide action from there.

“Of course we want to continue [providing promotion, convention and tourism services in the county],” she said. “We are the ones who do it now and have always done it. I think we’ve changed as it has come along.

“One of the commissioners said that you don’t need a brick and mortar building anymore to do this, basically all you have to do is do it on the Internet. I disagree because there are a lot of people that you have to work with and events that you have to work with that you have to do in person. You can’t do that just over the Internet and that is not [the commissioner’s] concept.”

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