Poole tourism – Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:02:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Poole tourism – Welcome To Poole http://welcometopoole.co.uk/ 32 32 Kenwood Travel blocks payments… https://welcometopoole.co.uk/kenwood-travel-blocks-payments/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:18:22 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/kenwood-travel-blocks-payments/

by Aidan Poole

Payment orchestration specialist BR-DGE has entered into an agreement with Kenwood Travel, a British luxury tour operator, to meet the growing demand for international travel.

The agreement provides Kenwood Travel with payment orchestration technology for seamless online payment and the BR-DGE platform of more than 300 payment and technology providers through one point of integration.

OTAs and airlines continue to struggle, including failed payments and cart abandonment rates, with BR-DGE research suggesting that more than 13.4% of online transactions in the travel, of tourism and recreation are failing.

The company has worked with Kenwood Travel to improve the checkout process, ensuring customers have a frictionless experience with a wide range of payment options.

BR-DGE’s platform reduces payment failures and meets the needs of the travel industry by connecting the fragmented payment ecosystem.

As part of the combination, Kenwood Travel will benefit from a dual acquisition, which spreads payment risk and ensures business resilience.

Overloading corporate cards with workflows will further increase authorization and optimize operational costs for the UK tour operator.

Emily Whalley, Senior Travel Specialist at BR-DGE, said, “Kenwood Travel has a proven track record of delivering a first-class vacation experience and the best the industry has to offer in luxury travel.

“After the pandemic, holidaymakers and passengers are increasingly looking for more flexibility, choice and personalization in the customer journey and at checkout.

“We are excited to bring our payments orchestration technology to Kenwood Travel so they can meet this demand and deliver a first-class, end-to-end payment experience that caters to their luxury vacation customers. .”

Niranjan Manivasagam, IT and Operations Director at Kenwood Travel, said, “Kenwood Travel is delighted to announce that we have now partnered with BR-DGE, a premium technology, providing our customers with a better payment experience.

Integrating BR-DGE is a simple process that enables travel providers to innovate at scale, the brand said.

Awards for Bournemouth Coastal BID https://welcometopoole.co.uk/awards-for-bournemouth-coastal-bid/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 12:10:33 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/awards-for-bournemouth-coastal-bid/

A Boscombe innovation has helped Bournemouth Coastal BID win two awards, including the coveted ‘Place Management’ title at the British BID Awards.

Boscombe’s huge spotlight was the move that wowed the judges and saw 19 other entries that made it to the shortlist.

It was the country’s first permanent 3D map projection system on a main street in the UK and came to life earlier this year.

Animated images are sent from the top of the Sovereign Center to the building opposite, an area of ​​nearly 200 square meters.

The facility is used to promote events and also give exposure to local artists and schools. It has been supported by the Bournemouth Towns Fund and has become a fixture in the center of Boscombe.

Earlier this year, taxpayers voted to keep the Bournemouth Coastal BID running for another five years.

The second award he recently won was a ‘Silver’ award in the Industry Support category at the 2022 DMB Tourism Awards for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Fiona McArthur, Head of BID, said: “Winning the trophy at the British BID Awards is the result of the hard work of our team and all of our taxpayers. We beat big places like Leicester and Wolverhampton and every BID in the country was able to enter – and there are almost 300.

“We represent the coastal area between Pokesdown and Westbourne and our aim is to improve all of these places with a variety of projects. The spotlight was one such initiative and it really stood out and became a talking point at Boscombe and attracted many visitors.

“Watch out for other displays on the giant screen as Christmas approaches.

“It was also a real pleasure to win a silver medal in the Industry Support category at the 2022 DMB Tourism Awards for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.”

Our valleys thrive on STEAM https://welcometopoole.co.uk/our-valleys-thrive-on-steam/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/our-valleys-thrive-on-steam/

For decades, Roanoke’s economy has run on steam.

Appropriate, then, that STEAM could be what propels Star City into the future.

The acronym STEAM is a modification of STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Once home to the mighty Norfolk and Western Railroad, later Norfolk Southern, Roanoke has staked its future on STEM careers.

Municipal, higher education, business, and healthcare agencies and organizations have collaborated to form an “innovation corridor,” stretching north from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute to VTC at Riverside Circle, past Radford University’s Carilion Campus and RAMP Regional Accelerator for tech startup incubation, in downtown Roanoke.

Given the incredible feats of engineering once accomplished in Roanoke at the N&W East End Shops, where state-of-the-art steam locomotives for the time were designed and built, this “corridor of innovation” leads the way to be continued. We can’t resist quoting “Train True (Lennie’s Song)”, a delicious deep cut from Blue Oyster Cult: “You gotta have a brain when you’re working for the train.”

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A presentation Thursday at the Shenandoah Club hosted by Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council associate director Taylor Spellman explained why STEM should be extended to STEAM, with the “A” for the arts.

“Having artistic and cultural facilities in the region is no longer a luxury. It is really essential. Having a strong cultural hub equals economic success,” Spellman said. “It drives tourism, it creates places, it creates a pool of talent and business and an enriched ecosystem with well-paying jobs and opportunities.”

Panel speakers – Cindy Petersen, Executive Director of the Taubman Museum of Art, Ginger Poole, Artistic Director of Production at Mill Mountain Theatre, and Ruth Waalkes, Executive Director of Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center – all spoke about how arts institutions they lead incorporate STEM education into their offerings.

“Music is math,” Poole said, and playing music involves calculating fractions. Lighting a scene, mixing colors, is calling on basic science. “To see a child make that connection,” she said, “is pretty magical.”

Taubman’s most recent special exhibition, “Titian to Monet,” features a collaboration with Roanoke College and the Moss Arts Center’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology that uses applications of artificial intelligence to create a 360-degree “immersive experience” with projected animations and music, based on six Old Master paintings.

Petersen cited research that adults participating in arts programs and exposed to a variety of artistic disciplines “have an increased sense of belonging, self-confidence” and stronger parent-school relationships, “even intra-family relationships , a better understanding of diverse cultures.”

Waalkes noted that Moss Arts Center programming and outreach has “been so vital to us in terms of recruiting and retaining faculty and families in Blacksburg and beyond.” Families “want to come to an area and know that they will keep these opportunities for their children to learn and engage, no matter what school system they are in.” Given how difficult recruiting has become, Moss’ artistic lineup gives the area an edge.

Community enrichment should always go hand in hand with economic growth. STEAM seems a more appropriate acronym for our valleys, due to both past history and current life – the added letter gives a fuller idea of ​​the opportunities that can be found here.

Bournemouth rejoiced when the dark clouds of war finally parted https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-rejoiced-when-the-dark-clouds-of-war-finally-parted/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:37:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/bournemouth-rejoiced-when-the-dark-clouds-of-war-finally-parted/

Armistice Day in Bournemouth 1918 – ‘Receiving News from the Daily Echo Office’ Crowds gathered outside the Echo Office to hear the announcement of the signing of the Armstice declared from the steps by Mr HJ Cheverton, general

On Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, the Echo looks back on World War I and Armistice Day in the region.

The destruction had been on a colossal scale – a generation decimated as the human race teetered and then retreated from the brink of total annihilation.

Then, on November 11, 1918, after more than four years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives, the guns of the Western Front fell silent.

Despite continued fighting elsewhere, the armistice between Germany and the Allies marked the beginning of the end of the First World War.

Peace had returned and Hampshire and Dorset celebrated and gave thanks for the victory.

The counties and their people have played a valiant role throughout these terrible times. The local population had reacted magnificently. They have contributed to social welfare funds, volunteered to help injured soldiers and hosted young people in their homes.

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Bournemouth Echo: Armistice Day at Bournemouth in 1918. The Mayor and members of council gathered on short notice and attended a short service of thanksgiving in the square led by the Bishop of Winchester. Taken from Bournemouth Graphic (Peter Kazmierczak

Everyone did their “part” for the war effort and no one shirked their responsibility. Not a hamlet, village, town or city in Hampshire or Dorset had escaped paying a terrible price as local families mourned their husbands, sons and brothers who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the trenches of the Great War.

A crowd gathered outside the Daily Echo’s Bournemouth offices to hear news of the armistice read by General Manager HJ Cheverton.

The Bishop of Winchester led a hastily assembled civic procession into the square for a service of thanksgiving.

In 1914 Bournemouth had celebrated the centenary of its founding by Lewis Tregonwell, but on the August Bank Holiday the crowds on the seafront began to dwindle as the threat of war grew stronger.

On August 14, 1914, no one with German nationality was allowed to stay without a permit from the police, resulting in the exclusion of around 1,300 residents who had made a life for themselves in the coastal town.

The Home Office has asked resorts like Bournemouth to provide accommodation for wounded or sick soldiers. A quick response was given by the city, with beds provided at Royal Victoria and West Hants hospitals in Boscombe.

Bournemouth Echo: Armistice Day in 1918. Article from Bournemouth Graphic.  Copy of seny telegram from the mayor, at the request of the council, to the king.  Submitted by Peter Kazmierczak Bournemouth Central Library

Bournemouth Echo: Armistice Day in 1918. Article from Bournemouth Graphic. Copy of seny telegram from the mayor, at the request of the council, to the king. Submitted by Peter Kazmierczak Bournemouth Central Library

By winter, hospitals would prepare to care for at least 10,000 more Territorial soldiers.

Boscombe Beach was equipped with deckchairs for picking up soldiers and Bournemouth Pier had a canteen which served 2,000 teas in its first 10 days of operation.

When 1915 came, the blackout did the same.

All lights running along the coast from Littlehampton to Portland Bill had to be completely extinguished during hours of darkness.

In April, Undercliff Drive and the cliffs had no light. A shaded top was even installed on the trams, to prevent zeppelins from bombarding the city – although no zeppelins ever approached the city.

By 1916, between 2,000 and 3,000 soldiers had been stationed in areas such as Southbourne, Westbourne and Pokesdown.

They were trained for trenching, shooting, stable and drilling.

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Bournemouth Echo: Armistice Day on Poole High Street in 1918. from Bournemouth Graphic (Peter Kazmierczak Bournemouth Central Library)

It was during this time that Bournemouth was declared one of the most desirable places to live in Britain. Bournemouth’s first Chamber of Commerce meeting saw the mayor stress that the town had just one main industry – tourism.

A shortage of food in the region and throughout the country hit in 1917.

The December 20 Bournemouth Echo included an announcement from the Butchers’ Association, which stated that ‘it will be impossible for them to guarantee anything like the usual supply to their customers after Christmas’.

But the end of the war in 1918 left Bournemouth with a sense of well-being and things for the town were up.

The long-awaited Bournemouth Girls’ School was opened and the Town College began courses to help disabled ex-soldiers.

The December edition of the Bournemouth Guardian concluded with the words: ‘To all appearances this is a more old-fashioned Christmas than for many years…the national spirit seems to be reviving’.

And this “buoyancy” can be seen in these images from the time.

Refurbishment of four beach toilet blocks in Bournemouth and Poole https://welcometopoole.co.uk/refurbishment-of-four-beach-toilet-blocks-in-bournemouth-and-poole/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/refurbishment-of-four-beach-toilet-blocks-in-bournemouth-and-poole/ FOUR seafront toilet blocks across the conurbation are being refurbished this winter as part of a £300,000 investment.

The upgrades are being made to facilities in Bournemouth West, between Happyland Amusements and the West Beach restaurant, Bournemouth East, next to Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips, Sandbanks, next to the car park near the beach office, and Mudeford Sandbank.

The BCP Board is funding the work, which began at some sites last week, through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – contributions obtained from businesses for development projects.

Renovations to the four blocks are due to be completed in the spring of next year, in time for Easter.

Bournemouth Echo: The toilet block at Mudeford SandbankMudeford Sandbank toilet block (Picture: NewsQuest)

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places, said: ‘The toilet blocks at Sandbanks, Bournemouth West, Bournemouth East and Mudeford Sandbank see huge footfall, particularly in the summer months, and should benefit from a renovation.

“To improve these facilities, we are using around £300,000 from our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) fund. This is our levy on new developments in our area, which generates funds which are then earmarked for reinvestment in the local community.

“Work on toilet blocks includes updating buildings and reconfiguring spaces to improve efficiency and sustainability.

Echo of Bournemouth:

“They were due to start last week so some toilets will be closed during this time. Our goal is to have these sites open and ready again for Easter 2023.”

A council report on the seasonal response this summer said extra funding had been made available to provide extra cleaning times for facilities most often used by visitors given the ‘significant increase’ in their use during peak periods.

Andrew Brown, director of seafront operations for the BCP Council, told a recent meeting of the oversight committee that there were around 30 seafront toilet blocks in the conurbation.

Echo of Bournemouth:

“We have a reasonably large supply of toilets on the waterfront and there will always be, as with all resources on the waterfront, pinch points where even if we had double the resources we would have to. huge challenges with the number of visitors,” Brown said.

“For the most part our facilities over the summer have been cleaned, well managed and have likely met the demands of the vast majority of our beach users.”

Road.Travel addresses the charging of electric cars… https://welcometopoole.co.uk/road-travel-addresses-the-charging-of-electric-cars/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 19:07:30 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/road-travel-addresses-the-charging-of-electric-cars/

The brand claims that electric vehicles are the most cost-effective means of transport and that the demand for such vehicles is growing

by Aidan Poole

Destination management organization Road.Travel has introduced a solution to make electric vehicle journeys more convenient and turn travelers into high-value travellers.

The brand said electric vehicles are currently the most cost-effective means of transport and demand for these vehicles is growing, with 52% of car buyers looking to buy an electric vehicle according to the American news agency Electrek. .

Road.Travel jumps on this trend by offering routes designed for electric vehicles among the platform’s digital travel guides that take charging stations into account so that electric vehicle drivers can avoid “the anxiety of autonomy” on long journeys.

A more conscious traveler has emerged in the post-COVID world, which means road trips and small-town sightseeing have become a more popular travel option, according to Road.Travel.

The company said the more than 2,000 tour packages it offers are “designed to help travelers explore more regions, which has a greater economic impact on the destination.”

This approach encourages travelers to discover lesser-known places and spend more money on road trips, even to places perceived as “stopover destinations” like Dubai.

Road.Travel’s digital guides can be downloaded to mobile devices and then used in the car on trips organized according to the traveler’s time, location, preferences and budget.

The company said the solution “helps solve travel planning difficulties by providing travel guides to help you with routes, attractions, landmarks, hotels and restaurants.”

Current clients of the brand include Frommers, The Local Palate, Dubai Tourism, Saudi Tourism, Charge Across America, AAA, Mastercard and Volkswagen.

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival: what’s going on? https://welcometopoole.co.uk/poole-christmas-maritime-light-festival-whats-going-on/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/poole-christmas-maritime-light-festival-whats-going-on/ The Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival will kick off in November and run until the New Year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the attraction set to shine this festive season.

What is that?

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival is billed as Poole’s answer to Bournemouth’s popular Christmas Tree Wonderland attraction, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The nautically themed event will kick off at the ‘gates of Poole‘ – featuring the Twin Sails Bridge, Hunger Hill and the Lighthouse.

It will feature thousands of lights and light installations that will take visitors on a journey through Poole town centre.

Bournemouth Echo: CGI of Poole's future maritime Christmas lights festival.  (Image: BCP Council/Blachère)CGI of Poole’s future maritime Christmas lights festival. (Image: BCP Council/Blachère) (Image: BCP Council/Blachère)

When does it work?

The festival will start on Saturday November 19 and will continue until Monday January 2, 2023.

Bournemouth Echo: A tree on the quay.  CGI image of the planned Poole Christmas maritime lights festival (Image: BCP Council)A tree on the quay. CGI image of the planned Poole Christmas maritime lights festival (Image: BCP Council) (Image: BCP Council)

What can I see?

A pathway will feature light installations, including a 120-metre “under the sea” light curtain, a giant anchor and a five-metre tall ship.

There will also be several illuminated Christmas trees ranging in size from 8 to 11 meters, including the ‘Falkland Square Deep Sea Tree’, the ‘Magical Maritime Tree’ and the ‘Bobble Hat Tree’.

There will also be crossing structures; a snowflake, a lantern and a ball.

Plus, light projections and shimmering overhangs.

There will also be lights at Hunger Hill and light columns at the Twin Sails Bridge.

Bournemouth Echo: CGI of Poole's future maritime Christmas lights festival.  A maritime 'curtain of light' on the High Street.  BCP/Blachere CouncilCGI of Poole’s future maritime Christmas lights festival. A maritime ‘curtain of light’ on the High Street. BCP/Blachere Council (Image: BCP Council/Blachère)

Where is the trail?

The trail will see visitors travel from Falkland Square to the High Street and Poole Quay, culminating in the “shimmering illuminated harbour”.

It will feature a total of 23 highlights.

Bournemouth Echo: A giant anchor CGI at the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival.  BCP Consulting/BlachereA giant anchor CGI at the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival. BCP Consulting/Blachere (Image: BCP Conseil/Blachère)

What else is going on?

Organizers said there are also plans for funfair rides, a Christmas-themed market selling “traditional food” as well as festive foods and drinks.

Poole Harbor will also be illuminated by Gobo projectors positioned on four City Cruises party boats, creating illuminating light illusions on the water as a unique feature of the festival.

Meanwhile, Choirs at Christmas will perform at venues in Poole throughout the festive period, starting in Falklands Square at 2pm on Saturday November 19.

Bournemouth Echo: CGI of Poole's future maritime Christmas lights festival.  Trees at Hunger Hill.CGI of Poole’s future maritime Christmas lights festival. Trees at Hunger Hill.

How much does it cost?

The event is free.

Bournemouth Echo: CGI of Poole's future maritime Christmas lights festival.CGI of Poole’s future maritime Christmas lights festival.

What did the board say?

Councilor Beverley Dunlop, Member of Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places, said: ‘The Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival will be a spectacular event on land and in the harbour, across High Street and Quay, bringing joy to thousands of residents and visitors each week, while supporting local businesses and hospitality.

“I am extremely proud that we have created this unique new event for Poole of dazzling light installations to bring festive joy to the town in these trying times.”

Where can I find out more?

For a trail map and to find out more visit poole-christmas-maritime-light-festival.co.uk/

27/10/2022 | Voice of the Readers – October 28, 2022 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/27-10-2022-voice-of-the-readers-october-28-2022/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 19:38:50 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/27-10-2022-voice-of-the-readers-october-28-2022/

Berlin residents share concerns over new response fee

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Sunfest is set to return in late October 2023

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Homestead tax credit rate will remain the same in Berlin

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Resort projects and initiatives receive state funding

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“I am excited about the challenges ahead,” says Georgina after taking over as Poole BID chair https://welcometopoole.co.uk/i-am-excited-about-the-challenges-ahead-says-georgina-after-taking-over-as-poole-bid-chair/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 09:31:59 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/i-am-excited-about-the-challenges-ahead-says-georgina-after-taking-over-as-poole-bid-chair/

Georgina Bartlett is the new chairman of the Poole Business Improvement District (BID).

She fills a vacant position since the resignation of the previous president in January this year.

Georgina will be supported in this role by Sara St George who was elected Vice-Chair by the Poole BID Board at the same time.

Georgina lives and works in the Poole BID area.

She is the founder and managing director of Saltwater Stone, an international marketing and maritime communications agency based in Strand Street.

Georgina has lived in central Poole for over 30 years and said she recognizes both the problems and the opportunities in the area.

She said: “I am excited about the challenges ahead and am committed to doing everything possible to deliver the 2021-2026 business plan as voted on by taxpayers in May 2021.

“I am fortunate to be supported by an equally enthusiastic Vice President, Sara St George, and we, along with the entire Board and management team, plan to work together to bring changes to High Street and the wider BID area.”

Sara, pictured, is Deputy Managing Director of Lighthouse, Poole.

With a background in strategy, governance, marketing, fundraising, downtown regeneration, culture and tourism, she is considered ideally placed to support the execution of the business plan.

Sara said: “I have lived in Poole for over 20 years and am delighted to be able to play a role in promoting the ambitions of the IDB on behalf of taxpayers.

“BID’s Board of Directors is new, as most directors were elected this year.

“Together we have a common goal of making a difference in the Poole BID area and supporting the businesses that trade there, and creating a welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike.”

Welcoming Georgina and Sara as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, Jacqui Rock, Head of Poole BID, pictured left, said: “2022 has seen a positive turnaround at Poole BID with the appointment of a new Board of Directors. administration made up of enthusiastic and talented directors representing a range of taxpayers.

“The addition of a committed President and Vice President to lead the BID Board and Management Team completes the picture and I believe will make a real difference in improving the area. Poole IDB.”

Poole BID said further updates and initiative announcements will come in the coming months, starting with the formal process to apply for accreditation with UK BIDs, with the membership organization focusing entirely on BIDs. .

Established in 2016, the current Poole BID area comprises nearly 500 businesses.

It covers the central areas of Poole Quay, Poole High Street, Dolphin Shopping Centre, Bus Station and Poole Lighthouse.

The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Directors of Poole BID are independent and volunteer their time.

]]> #TheGoodStuff: Trying new ideas | Opinion https://welcometopoole.co.uk/thegoodstuff-trying-new-ideas-opinion/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:24:00 +0000 https://welcometopoole.co.uk/thegoodstuff-trying-new-ideas-opinion/

At a recent out of town meeting, I was speaking with someone from the State Department of Commerce. He lives in the Pauls Valley area and travels throughout southwestern Oklahoma to meet with economic developers. I asked if long trips were difficult for him and he told me he loved it because he spent a lot of time listening to podcasts. The more I inquired with associates and friends, the more I learned that podcasts are in fact very popular. I listen to a few, but from my non-scientific research I found that podcasts are much more popular than I thought.

Cassie Poole is the Chamber’s Marketing Director and launched the Chamber Podcast in 2021. She handles all of the behind-the-scenes planning as well as production to ensure sound quality. Over the past year and a half, the number of subscribers to Chamber podcasts has steadily increased. Just last week, Chickasha Chambers’ podcast won a State Chamber Award. She believed in something, tried it despite some skepticism and is now known for it.

Whitney Palesano joined the Chamber staff in 2021 as Director of the Festival of Light and Tourism. After a hugely successful holiday season last year, she transitioned to Membership Director to start this year. Under Whitney’s guidance, she implemented several new ideas that were very successful this year. One of them was to collaborate with Oh18 on the production of the Chamber guide. This House Guide was also recognized last week at the State House Conference, again rewarding a new way of doing things.

Sometimes new ideas work, sometimes they don’t, but if you want to grow your community, you have to be willing to try. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different doesn’t work. Sitting around and talking about trying something, but never acting on the ideas doesn’t create positive change either. Trying new ideas can be rewarding, even when faced with criticism.

The Chickasha EDC and the Chamber try new ideas and many of them work. As we build our plans for 2023, we’re going back to each idea to assess which ones work, which ones don’t work, and which ones just need a little tweaking. Josh and Zach tried a new idea several years ago and thanks to their efforts, Chickasha is now home to the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship. Change can be painful for some, but we shouldn’t let fear of criticism stop us from trying to improve our Community. I think it was Abe Lincoln who said “If you want to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing and be nothing”. Kudos to Cassie and Whitney for their fresh ideas and for showing all of Oklahoma all the #TheGoodStuff we have here in Chickasha.