Nevada County: Visitors and conference bureau idea on Tuesday supervisor agenda |

Nevada County: Visitors and conference bureau idea on Tuesday supervisor agenda

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; A proposal for a new visitors and conference bureau will be presented to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The board meets at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City off Highway 49.

A special committee has been working on the proposal for nine months. The plan members have drafted calls for the creation of a nonprofit that would work for the whole county, in conjunction with the various chambers of commerce.

The nonprofit would be run by a marketing director responsible for developing a three-year plan to boost tourism county-wide. It would start with $90,000 the supervisors have already put aside, with the goal of becoming financially independent after three years.

Funding under the proposal would come from an increase in the county’s hotel tax from 10 to 11 percent, with the additional 1 percent going solely to fund the bureau.

The committee was formed last March when the Board of Supervisors decided the chambers were doing well for their prospective towns and areas, but not working together to bring tourists in countywide.

On Tuesday, supervisors will act on a recommendation from the committee to approve the proposal. They will also decide whether to hand the proposal over to County Executive Officer Rick Haffey to proceed, or give it back to the committee.

Committee member Mike Kaul drafted the plan and targeted a demographic of people 40 to 55 years old. Kaul said the idea is to bring young professionals to town with families who are looking for the next step in life, or to start a new business.

and#8226; The board will hear about two appeals filed against the controversial Higgins Marketplace shopping center. The center in western Nevada County has been approved, but the appeals and a pending lawsuit could slow its progress. The board could approve hearings on Jan. 12 to consider the appeals.

and#8226; The supervisors will consider disbanding the county’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board and turn the work over to the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.

The coalition is already meeting many of the advisory board’s objectives, according to county documents.

and#8226; Public Works Director Doug Farrell will present a five-year plan for the county road system.

and#8226; You can find the full agenda on the county’s Web site at:

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