[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal] — The Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona State Parks and the Arizona Trail Association are joining forces to promote parks and trails across the Grand Canyon state. Called the Arizona Passages, the campaign uses the theme Just Feet Away to show that residents and tourists don’t have to travel far to have fun. The campaign is designed to showcase outdoor recreation opportunities and highlight outings that focus on nature, history and culture available to people regardless of their fitness levels.
The program touts activities at 27 state parks and along the 800-mile Arizona Trail. The campaign also features a strong web component with interactive content and information about off-the-beaten path spots across the state. In addition, Web visitors can register for prizes and giveaways including a houseboat adventure on Lake Powell. The site incorporates third-party content from sites like TripAdvisor, Google Maps, MeetUp and Flickr, and allows visitors to submit their own travel stories and experiences. For more information, click here.
[Source: Arizona Office of Tourism] — AOT is extending the deadline to submit your nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Tourism Awards. These industry awards honor individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions during the past year for the betterment of the tourism industry. These award recipients are fine examples of leadership, commitment and teamwork that make the Grand Canyon State a premier travel destination.
The awards will be presented at the 28th Annual Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson on July 10, 2008. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2008. Please visit the Governor’s Conference on Tourism Website for award categories, guidelines and nomination forms. For more information, contact Kiva Couchon at 602-364-3724 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the conference, click here.
The 1891 Second Pinal County Courthouse at 31 N. Pinal St. in Florence is undergoing a major roof repair that will greatly improve the preservation potential for the building. The Town of Florence has contributed a significant amount of money to help with these repairs. Grants also have come from the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona State Parks Historic Preservation Heritage Fund, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the help of U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi.
Although nearly $1 million has been spent thus far on the roof alone, additional funds are still needed to repair the building’s chimneys and dormers, which are among the major defining features of the roof. Pinal County is still trying to raise money to repair these items, as well as the building’s front porch and moisture-damaged brick.
What you can do
- The county intends to once again apply for funds to the Arizona State Parks Historic Preservation Heritage Fund. Citizens can help by making sure the state legislature does not raid this fund to make up for its budget shortfall. To locate or contact your legislator, click on http://www.azleg.state.az.us/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp
- Others interested in donating to the cause can contact Ernie Feliz, Pinal County Grants Coordinator, at Ernie.Feliz@co.pinal.az.us or 520-866-7221.
- Information on the brick campaign to raise funds can be obtained by going to the Pinal County website — http://www.co.pinal.az.us/ — and scrolling down to the ‘Brick Paver Project’ link.
- For those interested in going through the building, the courthouse will be on the Tour of Historic Florence scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9. Details on the tour can be obtained by calling 520-868-4496.