About our Organzation
The Quincy Valley Tourism Association Committee is a cooperative and collective committee made up of people in agriculture, business, industry, recreation and the professions who are interested in the development and promotion of tourism in the Quincy Valley and surrounding areas.
Quincy business owners, residents and agency officials want to see an increased effort to promote what the Quincy Valley has to offer. That’s why the Quincy Valley Tourism Association has been formed, its initial board of directors have been appointed and the group is moving forward with its plans.
The tourism association is a nonprofit organization comprised of for-profit businesses. It grew out of the desire by various businesses and governmental agencies to increase tourism in the valley through the development and promotion of the Columbia Basin’s character and offerings, according to Quincy Chamber of Commerce director Karen Vizena.
The association will hope to do that by applying for grants on an annual basis. Other local agencies, such as the chamber and the Quincy Port District, are tasked with promoting the area as well, but Vizena, a tourism committee board member, said certain grants — such as those offered by the national and state departments of agriculture — cannot be applied for by those agencies. “(The committee) would serve all of the Quincy Valley and Grant County,” Vizena said. “We view the Quincy Valley as the western gateway to Grant County. Our relationship to the port district, Grant County Tourism and the chamber is to facilitate promotion of Grant County with a specific emphasis on the Quincy Valley and to develop better insight to our area.
”Eleven board members have been named, fitting into selected categories for broad representation: Pete Beaumont (agriculture), John Cedergreen (brewery), Pat Curren (real estate), Pat Connelly (Port of Quincy), Dawn Edean (hospitality/retail), Cameron Fries (winery), Javier O’Brien (The Gorge Amphitheatre), Tom and Debbie Park (Crescent Bar), Tim Snead (City of Quincy) and Vizena (the chamber of commerce). Vizena said Lisa Karstetter, the valley’s respresentative to the Grant County tourism committee, will be welcome at meetings.