The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) has received funding from the Bush Foundation/Consensus Council Community Innovation Grant and the Pembina County Job Development Authority to assess tourism potential in Northeastern North Dakota.
In 2014, the Pembina County Strategic Planning Committee developed an immense tourism strategy that was adopted as part of the five year Pembina County Economic Development Strategic Plan. Also in 2014, the ND Parks and Recreation Department received input from more than 250 people for the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area Master Plan. These two documents are leading the efforts for the evaluation and pursuit of a variety of tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities.
“We are excited to be a part of this project as there is so much untapped tourism potential in northeast ND. There are more than 1.2 million people located within an easy two-hour drive of the Rendezvous Region, and many are unaware that it even exists. We are embarking on a journey to build upon more than 25 years of efforts to grow the Rendezvous Region and create excitement to travel to the northeast corner of the state.” said Maggie Suda, RRRC Developer. With the funding received, the RRRC has hired Jolene Halldorson as the project lead to implement the tourism assessments and develop a northeast ND tourism council.
Tourism touches all aspects of a community – businesses, government services, the natural environment, and residents. Halldorson will be seeking individuals for discussion and decisions that will help create a positive attitude and a healthy tourism industry that is in harmony with each community’s values.
This project will be done is three phases. Phase one is to identify the tourism attractions and the potential in our communities. Phase two includes an inventory assessment of the Rendezvous Region tourism attractions and phase three will be evaluating the inventory assessment to see what tourism attractions have the greatest chance of success.
The RRRC has developed an online survey to gather the information for phase one. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/69X7MTV please take the time to participate.
If you have any questions or would like to be an active participant on the tourism council, please email Jolene, Jolene@redriverrc.com.