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Workshops seek public input on Bountiful Byway tourism plan,
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The maps show areas involved in the Thurston Bountiful Byway’s Corridor Management Plan by Experience Olympia and Beyond. Photo courtesy of Experience Olympia and Beyond via The JOLT News

What are your thoughts about the Bountiful Byway tourism plan?

From The JOLT News:

Experience Olympia and Beyond will hold six public workshop sessions beginning Monday, August 8, seeking community members’ thoughts on the Thurston Bountiful Byway Corridor Management Plan.

During the sessions, Experience Olympia staff, in partnership with consultant Otak, Inc., will discuss “key byway destinations, experiences and desired improvements” on the project, which will include:

  • Key tourism assets throughout the county and characteristics of these assets.
  • Description of existing experiences, places, facilities and services for visitors.
  • Strategies, ideas and opportunities to improve infrastructure and promote tourism and visitation throughout the byway.
  • Wayfinding and signing concepts to reinforce the Thurston Bountiful Byway brand and identity.
  • Recommendations for funding and implementation of the plan.

From Experience Olympia & Beyond:

Experience Olympia & Beyond is working to develop a Corridor Management Plan for the Thurston Bountiful Byway and is now moving to the next phase of public input in the form of in-person workshops at different locations throughout Thurston County.

The workshops will offer an opportunity to learn about the plan and to provide input about key byway destinations, experiences, and desired improvements. An online mapping tool will also be introduced to allow the public to submit input virtually.

The following six meetings will be held the week of August 8, 2022 – each with identical presentations and public feedback sessions. Members of the public can attend whichever meeting works best for their schedule, as the content will be the same.

Workshop session locations, dates and times are as follows:

Monday, August 8th

Community: Rochester

Location: Swede Hall

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Address: 18543 Albany St SW, Rochester, WA 98579

Community: Tenino

Location: Tenino City Hall

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Address: 149 Hodgden St S, Tenino, WA 98589

Tuesday, August 9th

Community: Tumwater

Location: Heritage Distilling Event Center

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Address: 4200 Capitol Blvd SE Suite 104, Tumwater, WA 98501

Wednesday, August 10th

Community: Yelm

Location: Yelm Community Center

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Address: 301 2nd St SE, Yelm, WA 98597

Thursday, August 11th

Community: Lacey

Location: Lacey City Hall Council Chambers

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Address: 420 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Community: Olympia

Location: Swantown Inn & Spa

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Address: 1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome! Now is the time to document specific ideas and comments about the plan. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting please contact Jeff Bowe (jeff@experienceolympia.com) and Annette Pitts (annette@experienceolympia.com).

Posted by Steve on August 7, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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