Visit NW Montana Goes to the Governor's Conference
The Tobacco Valley was very well represented at the recent Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism. This annual event took place at the Kalispell Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell from April 10 to 12 and was attended by many of our local businesses. VisitNWMontana and the Eureka Chamber of Commerce shared a spectacular booth, at which we gave away visors from Indian Springs Ranch and Golf Course, dog treats from Mountain Vista Veterinary Services, key rings from Cheeto's Garage and so much more. Numerous valley businesses — such as the Wilderness Club, Heaven's Peak, and Lancaster & Company — sent items along that we gave away to conference participants or added to a raffled basket of goodies.
This year, hundreds of people from Montana, other states and even other countries attended the Governor’s Conference. As well as attending break-out sessions on marketing, business, and research, conference participants could stop by booths to learn about all the great things happening in Montana. The Montana Historical Society, the National Park Service, the Small Business Development Center, and Fort Benton were just some of the groups and businesses represented. At the VisitNWMontana booth, volunteers from the Tobacco Valley as well as Naomi Wheat from the Eureka Chamber of Commerce let attendees know what a fabulous place this valley is. No doubt we will be seeing more visitors soon.
About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.