Travel RFP Issued By Morrow County

2021-10-01 by Jade Minh
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Morrow County is issuing this Request for Quotes for Tourism Promotion Services to enhance the current efforts and develop a strategic plan to increase the level of tourism in Morrow County. Morrow County is seeking a well-qualified profit or non-profit organization to submit a proposal to provide tourism promotion services for Morrow County. We are looking for an experienced, like-minded firm that will bring creativity, collaborative county-wide efforts, knowledge, extensive resources and entrepreneurial stewardship to this process.

Background:

Nestled in northern Oregon along the Columbia River, Morrow County is a combination of natural agricultural lands, abundant recreational activities, and vast forest, mountain, and river views. Morrow County covers 2,049 square miles of land which encompasses five incorporated cities and six unincorporated communities. Due to its location adjacent to the Columbia River, Boardman and Irrigon visitors enjoy river views with public access to sandy beaches, large grass parks, walking trails, and water activities with boat access through the Boardman and Irrigon Marinas. Located in Boardman is the SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Energy) Center, an interactive visitor and museum center which highlights the sustainability of the agriculture and energy industries. The Center provides hands-on exhibits of technology used by local industries and farmers to demonstrate the process of farm-to-table. To the south of Boardman in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the County seat of Heppner offers small town living, affordable housing, a mild climate, and close access to outdoor activities. Locals enjoy recreation all year long, especially during the colder months when cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are possible. The City’s close proximity to the Umatilla National Forest and major Morrow County Parks, allows for activities to extend year-round, including hiking, golfing, fishing, camping, boating and more. Just 33 miles south of Heppner is Morrow County’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park, which offers visitors 9,000 acres of recreational wonderland. The Park offers multiple campsite areas, children’s playgrounds, vast trails for quads, motorcycles and other off-road vehicles, fishing ponds, hiking trails, a golf area, mud pit, public shower and restroom areas, and on-site Park staff. Other major Morrow County Parks, such as Cutsforth Park and Anson Wright Park, also offer an abundance of RV camping locations, trail systems for hiking and offroading, and many BBQ and picnic areas.

Scope of Work:

SECTION 1 – SCOPE OF WORK: 1. Identify tourism opportunities and assets in Morrow County 2. Assist/Direct the destination development process 3. Create a strategic plan for Morrow County tourism 4. Represent Morrow County at local, regional, state and national events 5. Pursue grants and other funding 6. Support various tourism related projects 7. Work collaboratively with local chambers of commerce 8. Create social media and content marketing to promote Morrow County tourism Project Manager RFP Page 3 of 9 SECTION 2 – SCOPE OF SERVICES – To include, but not be limited to the following: 1. Establish, coordinate, organize and conduct regular meetings with a tourism committee 2. Develop a network of partners, such as the local chambers of commerce 3. Promote Morrow County tourism assets at community forums and economic summits 4. Fulfill requests for information and distribute tourism materials to local, state and federal agencies, and other partners 5. Build, maintain and present an annual budget 6. Present a bi-annual report of activities and accomplishments to the Board of Commissioners a. Analyze and report on economic impact of travel and tourism in Morrow County

Due Date: October 8, 2021

Address:

Morrow County

110 N. Court St., Rm. 201

P.O. Box 788

Heppner, OR 97836

541-676-2529

Travel PR firms include Alison Brod PR and 5WPR.