Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Texas Travel Information Center
2021 W. Harrison Avenue
Harlingen, TX 78552
Texas Tropical Trail Region 101st Partner Event & Business Meeting
Please RSVP to Tamie Bulow at the Texas Tropical Trail office, 361-592-4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org , by February 14th.
9:00 – 9:30 AM – Welcome and refreshments – Texas Travel Information Center, 2021 W. Harrison Avenue, Harlingen. Ample parking and clean restrooms available. Refreshments provided by Harlingen Convention & Visitors Bureau.
9:30 – 10:15 AM – Welcome by Joey Sermino, Supervisor, Valley Travel Information Center, Cheryl LaBerge, Downtown Harlingen Manager, and Eduardo Figueroa, Executive Director, Harlingen CVB. Watch the video on the “History of Harlingen”.
10:15 – 11:15 AM – Travel to Hugh Ramsey Nature Park/World Birding Center, 1001 S. Loop 499, Harlingen for short nature walk with Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society leader Norma Friedrich.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Travel to Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, Harlingen for the Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Exhibit in the museum.
12:15 – 1:30 PM – Travel across the street for Mardi Gras luncheon at the Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts School, 1902 N. Loop 499, Harlingen. Carpooling advised, as parking limited on campus. Lunch is $15 all inclusive (cash or check) per person. While we are being served, Department Chair Carl Eads will talk about the Culinary School (Educational Program). Attendee introductions and community updates during this time.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Educational Program: “What Birding Means to the Rio Grande Valley” by Norma Friedrich of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society.
2:05 PM – 4:00 PM – Texas Tropical Trail Region Board of Directors meeting (open to Partners) – same building, room to be assigned.
Business Meeting Agenda
Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)
Approve Minutes- December, Hidalgo Meeting
Review and Approve December 2013 and January 2014 Financial Reports
Executive Directors Report- Tamie Bulow
Map Project- Valerie Bates
Final Report on Partner Event #100-January 21, 2014 – Nancy Deviney
Up Date: Statewide Meeting: Austin Area, Dec. 4-5, LLC Dec. 5
FY 14 Scope of Work Updates
Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill
Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trails – Rick Stryker/Bart Wales
Advocate for Legislative and Corporate Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales
Manage and acknowledge the financial and in-kind resources –
Partner to implement traveling exhibit(s) program –
Plan Diverse and ynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney
(Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)
101st Partner Event – February 18 2014 – Harlingen
102nd Partner Event – March 18, 2014 – RefugioCounty
103 Partner Event-
Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate.
Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.
Update on CTA Scholarships – Marlett Bahn and Tamie Bulow.
Promotions/Marketing – Valerie Bates
Follow the TTTR Marketing Plan –
Social Media and Website Development -
Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials –
Collaborate with CVBs and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as hotels, visitor centers, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations –
Solicit potential vendors is our region for the LLC Travel & Trade Show -
Executive Session to discuss personnel- Bart Wales
Executive Session according to Local Government Code Section 551.074, Personnel; To deliberate; Employment, Evaluation, Duties, Discipline or Dismissal of an employee.
Any Action from Executive Session