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April 20, 2009

Oswego County Announces Ambassador Program

First Workshop is April 30 in Fulton --

OSWEGO COUNTY -- Do you like to travel? Would you like to be able to better promote our area's many assets when someone asks you “where are you from?” The Oswego County Legislature and several community organizations have joined together to sponsor the “Oswego County Ambassador” program, a series of informal meetings to share information about Oswego County's business opportunities, tourism and recreational attractions, and agricultural industries.

The workshops will be:

  • Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m., Tavern on the Lock Restaurant, 24 S. First St., Fulton;

  • Thursday, May 21, 2 p.m., Riverside Banquet Room, Oswego EconoLodge, 70 E. First St., Oswego;

  • Tuesday, June 2, 7 p.m. Ambassador Program; R.J.'s Irish Wigwam, Wigwam Drive, Sandy Pond; and

  • Tuesday, June 9, 6 p.m., Castaways Restaurant, 916 Co. Rte. 37, Brewerton.

County Legislator Louella LeClair, District 25, Fulton, proposed the idea last fall at a meeting of the County Legislature's Tourism Advisory Council. LeClair, who is vice chairwoman of the Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee, suggested that county residents could help to generate business and promote the county if they were more aware of the county's economic development incentives and marketing programs.

“The goal of the Oswego County Ambassador program is to make people familiar with what Oswego County has to offer, so they can promote our area to others when they travel,” said Legislator LeClair. “We have many business opportunities and activities that our own residents are not aware of. Oswego County is a great place to work and live! This program will empower our citizens to proudly share information when they're asked 'where are you from?'”

All participants will be entered into drawings for door prizes, including a $500 non-transferable travel voucher donated by Canalview Travel in Fulton and a gift certificate from Abbott's Lake Country Studio in Central Square. Meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speakers include L. Michael Treadwell, director of Operation Oswego County, Inc., the county's economic development agency; Paul A. Forestiere II, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Inc., and Janet Clerkin, Tourism and Public Information Coordinator, County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The Oswego County Ambassador Program is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature, Canalview Travel, Abbott's Lake Country Studio, R.J.'s Irish Wigwam, the Castaways, Tavern on the Lock, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort, County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Operation Oswego County, Inc., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Fort Brewerton - Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

For information or to register for one of the workshops, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 349-8322 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8322, or by .

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