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The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) presents the 2019 People's Coast Summit, Monday, October 7th & Tuesday, October 8th. The Summit will begin at 9:30 am on Monday and will end around 1:30pm on Tuesday.

Our annual summit is an end-of-season industry gathering where participants can gather to decompress from the busy season, share experiences with colleagues and make new contacts. Guest speakers provide opportunities for big picture thinking about our industry, and workshops offer nuts and bolts skills which business owners can return home and apply immediately.

- We've intentionally left ample social/networking time between sessions for you to mingle and connect.

- Summit registration fee includes all meals, workshops and entertainment.

- Lodging accommodation options can be found in Garibaldi, Rockaway, and Tillamook.

A big thank you to our sponsor, Visit Tillamook Coast, for supporting this event and making it affordable to local businesses.

Check out last year's Summit!


2019 People's Coast Summit Agenda

Day 1, Oct. 7th

9:30am-10:20am Welcome & Morning Continental Breakfast

10:30am-12:00pm Workshop Breakouts (Location: Various locations around Garibaldi)

1. What's in a Website?

2. Travel Oregon 101

3. The Dynamics of Oregon's Legislative Sessions and Mobilizing Oregon's Hospitality Industry

4. Grant Writing for Tourism Work

5. Beyond the Poster: How Cultural Organizations Can Transform Storytelling

12:00pm-12:30pm Social Mixer and Networking

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1:30pm-2:00pm Social Mixer and Networking

2:00pm-3:30pm Workshop Breakouts (Location: Various locations around Garibaldi)

1. Stay & Play - How your lodging operation can incorporate outdoor recreation

2. Travel Oregon 101

3. Ready, Steady, Go... Kits & More - Emergency Preparedness for Your Team & Visitors

4. International Visitors: The Optimal Traveler for the Oregon Coast

5. Beyond the Poster: How Cultural Organizations Can Transform Storytelling

3:30pm-5:30pm Social mixer gathering

5:30pm-7:30pm Keynote Speaker Will Hornyak & Dinner by Portside Bistro Reception

8:00pm- Onward- Party with Jazzatti-tude



Day 2, Oct. 8th

9:30am-10:20am Welcome & Morning Breakfast by Buttercup (Location: Old Mill Event Center)

10:30am-12:00pm Workshop Breakouts (Location: Various locations around Garibaldi)

1. The Social Media Cheat Sheet

2. Ride the Dirt Wave - The Oregon Coast as a premier mountain biking destination

3. Ocean Friendly Restaurants

4. International Visitors: The Optimal Traveler for the Oregon Coast

12:00pm-12:30pm Social Mixer, Networking!

12:30pm-1:30pm Keynote Speaker Eli Tome & Lunch

Outdoor Activities

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Keynote Speakers:

Engaging in Hospitality, a brief model of why we do what we do with Ken Henson

Join Ken as he uses his 30-year industry background and passion for hospitality workforce training to remind us all what is hospitality and why we are all a part of it.

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Ken Henson is a 30 year industry veteran, starting in kitchens in Ohio, New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Northern California’s Wine Country before finally finding home on the Oregon Coast with Pelican Brewing and Kiwanda Hospitality. Ken serves as the Director of Restaurant Operations overseeing the kitchen and hospitality teams of a diverse group of restaurants, from tap room to bakery and brewpub to polished casual farm to table. Focusing on brand promise to both employee and guest, Ken works diligently to provide a better experience to everyone engaging with the hospitality industry.

Ken is married and the father of 2 boys and loves everything about Oregon and the Oregon Coast.


Tales of Topofilia: Stories and Poems Inspired by Love of Place with Will Hornyak

Will Hornyak

From Tillamook tidelands to Alvord desert sands, storyteller Will Hornyak share tales and poems inspired by his long love affair with Oregon.

Will Hornyak has inspired and educated audiences throughout the Northwest and beyond since 1994 as a professional storyteller and workshops facilitator. From Oregon tall tales to Irish myths, Native American legends and original stories, Will weaves a wide variety of oral traditions into engaging and well-crafted performances, workshops and keynotes. He has taught storytelling in professional communication at Lewis and Clark College, Portland State Univ. and Marylhurst Univ. and assisted numerous organizations in developing the stories that reflect their values, vision in mission. He works with the Portland based non-profit Open Hearts, Open Minds to integrate theatre, dialogue and storytelling in Oregon prisons.

Siuslaw Watershed Council: Stewarding Our Local Lands and Waters to Benefit our Communities, Economy, Environment and Future Generations with Eli Tome

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Siuslaw Watershed Council Executive Director, Eli Tome will showcase some of the work the watershed council has completed over the past two years, and how that work benefits the local economy and can help promote tourism and recreation in our watersheds. The Siuslaw Watershed Council invested $1.3 million in local contractors in 2018 alone. Research indicates that our investment in the local restoration economy supported 15-18 local jobs, and generated 1.6 times that investment in local economic output. This investment also resulted in 13 miles of stream being enhanced, 30,000 native plants planted, 12,000 native plants distributed for free to 150 streamside community members, and 49 local youth attending a week-long watershed exploration camp. While the Siuslaw Watershed Council is up to some remarkable work, there are watershed council organizations for each major watershed in Oregon. Watershed councils can be an important source of information and a great resource for collaboration to promote local goods and services, as well as tourism especially focused on the natural environment--one of the greatest resources that coastal communities have. Learn more about the Siuslaw Watershed Council at siuslaw.org

Eli is from Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Geography and a BS in Geology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He first fell in love with Oregon during an internship in undergrad where he worked for the Bureau of Land Management based out of Corvallis, OR conducting watershed assessments, hiking to remote points on streams throughout the Pacific Northwest to map and measure stream habitat conditions. He moved to Oregon and earned a Masters degree in Community Planning with a focus on River Conservation from the University of Oregon. He then worked in Moab, UT for a couple years managing and restoring the Colorado and Green Rivers in Southeast Utah and returned to coastal Oregon in 2017 at the Siuslaw Watershed Council. When he’s not working, he can be found in the forest long-distance running, kayaking or backcountry skiing.


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Travel Oregon 101:

The Travel Oregon 101 seminar is an opportunity to learn more about Oregon’s travel & tourism industry and is designed to benefit visitor-related businesses, organizations and communities. Participants will gain knowledge of the many opportunities available through Travel Oregon and the network of local, regional, national and international industry partners.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? How to get looped into the tourism industry’s communication system (at the local, regional, statewide, national and international levels). How to let Travel Oregon know you’re out there and ready for visitors. Programs and services Travel Oregon offers that help businesses, organizations and communities draw more visitors.

What's in a Website?

If Google has the answer for everything, why do I need a website? This workshop will run through two tiers of web marketing–if you are on the fence about creating a site and if you are looking to gain more from your website. Learn the essentials and feel empowered to make informed choices for your organization.

Julie Powers is the owner of Worthy Marketing. Her experience spans a decade working at advertising and marketing agencies in Austin, New York, and Portland. Those years provided a foundation of digital and content strategy through campaigns for Starbucks, American Express, Nestle, and an array of flourishing, privately-owned companies. Worthy Marketing is built on an understanding that organizations, large and small, all want to be doing better. They don't want to miss a step, and they don't want to go over budget. And that is the balance that we live by – tangible steps to propel growth and adopting your business goals as our own.

The Social Media Cheat Sheet

Here's the untold story–you may not need social media. It is not a silver bullet. This marketing channel is a great fit for some and a waste of time for others. We'll take a crash course on the current social landscape, talk about how often you actually need to post, and even if it is time to delete your accounts.

Julie Powers is the owner of Worthy Marketing. Her experience spans a decade working at advertising and marketing agencies in Austin, New York, and Portland. Those years provided a foundation of digital and content strategy through campaigns for Starbucks, American Express, Nestle, and an array of flourishing, privately-owned companies. Worthy Marketing is built on an understanding that organizations, large and small, all want to be doing better. They don't want to miss a step, and they don't want to go over budget. And that is the balance that we live by – tangible steps to propel growth and adopting your business goals as our own.

The Dynamics of Oregon's Legislative Sessions and Mobilizing Oregon's Hospitality Industry

Learn more about the inner workings of Oregon's Legislative Sessions -- both the policy and politics -- as it relates to the hospitality and tourism industry in our state.

Jason Brandt President & CEO, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Jason Brandt’s expertise revolves around association management and government affairs work at the state and local levels. His vision for the hospitality industry is to continue to build upon the significant tourism growth Oregon has seen over the past decade by helping lead advocacy, communication, and education efforts for restaurants and lodging establishments.

Greg Astley Director of Government Affairs, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Greg came to the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association with almost twenty years of experience in media, marketing, strategic communications, association management and political consulting. He has established a proven track record of results that will benefit ORLA for years to come. In partnership with our government affairs team and chief lobbyist, Greg works to strengthen the prominence of ORLA’s advocacy program and foster broader engagement of both restaurant and lodging members on local, regional, statewide and federal hospitality issues.

Grant Writing for Tourism Projects - Presented by Meredith Howell

Join experienced grant writer, Meredith Howell, for an interactive session to help you organize your tourism-related work for grant funding. Learn about the grant programs offered through the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association, Travel Oregon and other funders, and build skills towards project planning, storytelling, budgeting, evaluation and managing your time. These skills will help you and your organization obtain grant funding from a variety of sources.

Meredith is a well-respected grant writer, grant coach, trainer and facilitator and her work spans the fields of organizational, workforce, and community development. Her background in scientific research, teaching and curriculum development at the university level helps her effectively communicate complicated and abstract concepts to audiences. Meredith joined NeighborWorks Umpqua in 2018 and serves as their Resource Development Officer. She also continues to teach her popular Learn By Doing – Grant Writing Workshop in rural Oregon.

Beyond the Poster: How Cultural Organizations Can Transform Storytelling - Presented by Visit Tillamook Coast

Cultural nonprofits often have limited resources, affecting their ability to do the necessary marketing that reaches new audiences. Interpretation, storytelling and social media are inexpensive yet effective tools for communicating the treasures of a cultural institution.

Nan Devlin is the executive director of the Tillamook Coast Visitors Association, representing Tillamook County. The organization has won recognition for its product development, visitor guides and videos. Nan has a master's degree in Tourism Administration from the George Washington University. Interpretive expert Chuck Lennox of Lennox Insites will conduct an interpretive workshop as part of this presentation.

Ride the Dirt Wave - Presented by Limberlost & the Oregon Timber Trail

The Oregon Coast as a premier mountain biking destination. More details coming soon!

Gabe is the founder of Limberlost, an immersive tourism development firm. Gabriel has been described as the U.S.’ preeminent bikepacking expert and is a contributor for Bicycling Magazine, The Radavist, Outside Online, and others. He has developed several of the nation’s highest-quality bikepacking routes in Oregon. His passion for creating and sharing outdoor experiences has lent itself well to his leadership role in honing the narrative and thoroughly collaborative development process of the Oregon Timber Trail.

Become an Ocean Friendly Restaurant - Presented by Surfrider

Plastic pollution is suffocating our ocean and the many animals that call it home. Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with the number continuing to grow every day. This pollution is impacting our marine ecosystems, wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, and turtles, and plastic fragments are even displacing plankton at the base of the food chain. So what’s the best way to combat this global epidemic facing our ocean? It’s simple: we need to stop the problem at its source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that. One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint.

Bri moved to Oregon in 2008 and has since worked on numerous marine conservation projects, including the development of the Oregon Marine Debris Action Plan and the first Marine Reserve Community Team. She received her Master’s in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University in 2015. As the Oregon Field Manager for Surfrider Foundation, Bri works with the Oregon Chapters to create and run successful campaigns. In her free time, you can find her exploring on foot or bike with her adventure loving dog, Bella.

Ready, Steady, Go... Kits & More - Emergency Preparedness for Your Team & Visitors- Presented by Oregon Emergency Management and Tonquin Trading

Everyone knows it's coming... the big earthquake, tsunami, the next major storm or perhaps power outage. But mitigating that risk may seem impossible, challenging, or costly. Join Althea Rizzo with Oregon Emergency Management as she discusses her office, available resources, and what kinds of hazards you should prepare for to care for your team and guests. Jason Johnson with Tonquin Trading will provide additional value to this workshop by diving deeper into preparedness planning, community engagement, and showcasing his go kits. So get ready, steady, and go to this informative workshop that will encourage you to be a prepared leader.

Jason Johnson has a risk mitigation background in the North Dakota oilfields for one of the largest oil field service companies in the world. The first risk he heard about moving to the Oregon coast 5 years ago was the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The risk associated with this event starts with education, exit strategy, community response and emergency supplies. His small shop, Tonquin Trading, was the first to introduce kits for kids in Schools and Hotel Guest Kits for the hospitality industry. The shop's mission is to create a proactive approach to emergency preparedness instead of reactive.


Jason - Tonquin Trading



International Visitors: The Optimal Traveler for the Oregon Coast - Presented by Travel Oregon

International tourism is booming. Research shows that international visitors stay longer, spend more money and visit the United States during off peak travel periods. In this session, you’ll find out how Travel Oregon is attracting over 1.5 million international visitors to Oregon and how your organization can benefit by working with these growing markets. From overseas sales missions, to local familiarization tours, to the receptive operator buying chain this session will help you develop successful tactics and identify existing resources to help drive your organization toward success in the international tourism marketplace.

Stay & Play- How your lodging operation can incorporate outdoor recreation - Presented by Headlands Lodge & Sheltered Nook

One of the first questions a visitor asks as they check in is "what is there to do around here?". You probably send them off to a nearby attraction or activity that keeps them in your area for a potential additional night stay. What if that 'thing to do' was with your lodging property? Join Dee Harguth from Sheltered Nook and Ryan Fox from Headlands Lodge as they discuss the benefits of integrating outdoor recreation with their lodging operation. From small scale to large scale there are certainly steps you can take to provide your guests with that 'something to do' right outside your doorstep.

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