In a special session Thursday, the Hope Tourism Commission met and approved a recommendation to the Hope City Board to contract certain city tourism functions to the Hope Chamber of Commerce for a contract fee of approximately $20,000.

In a special session Thursday, the Hope Tourism Commission met and approved a recommendation to the Hope City Board to contract certain city tourism functions to the Hope Chamber of Commerce for a contract fee of approximately $20,000.
Instead of replacing a vacant opening for a Tourism Depot position, the job functions are proposed to fall under the responsibility of the Hope Chamber of Commerce and whomever the Chamber selects as its new executive director, which also presently sits vacant. The concept was presented to the Tourism Commission by Hope City Manager Catherine Cook.
As she did earlier in the week at Tuesday night’s Hope City Board meeting, Cook discussed how contracting with the Hope Chamber of Commerce would be a benefit to both entities and other organizations in the community.
In the presentation with the Tourism Commission, Cook emphasized that while the Chamber would eventually hire the new executive director, the city’s contract with the chamber would specify work and tourism-related objectives, and the contract would be subject to review.
Where on Tuesday night, concerns about a future Main Street program were voiced, in Thursday’s Tourism session, the questions were more regarding the hiring of the person, scope of work, and the proposed contract.
Cook said the contract with the Chamber would be specific enough with certain goals, work products, and events, and it would be subject to review and possible termination, if the Chamber didn’t follow through.
“I would say it would provide them ample motivation to follow through. I don’t believe the needs of tourism would be neglected in favor of Chamber business,” Cook said.
With the Tourism Commission’s recommendation, the proposed Chamber contract moves back to the Hope City Board for approval and action. The Hope Chamber of Commerce board will meet Wednesday, March 15, and it is in the process of its own reorganization.