Bogardus attends governor's conference

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Dir. Jessica Bogardus speaks at the Governor’s Conference in Eugene in April. 

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Dir., Jessica Bogardus concluded her tour of the state with the Governor’s Conference.

The conference took place at Hotel Eugene, in downtown Eugene from Sunday, April 14 – Tuesday, April 16.

Bogardus said that around 600 people attended from all across the state and from surrounding states. Everyone who attended plays a huge role in the tourism industry. 

“When I checked in, the lady who was handling the registration told me that everyone was talking about Lake County,” Bogardus said. “It was pretty amazing to hear that right when I checked in.” 

Booths were lined up from various entities such as Oregon Media and there was a general session that explained what the conference was about and there was a plethora of breakout sessions, one of which Bogardus spoke at on Monday. 

“I was on a panel with representatives from Anthony Lakes and the North Coast food trail,” she said. “We each got to speak for 10 minutes and then the rest of the time was a Q&A session.” 

Just under 100 people attended her class as she spoke about tourism in Lake County and what each of the three committees ; Trails, Western Heritage and Geological Features have done over the last year as part of the Rural Tourism Studio. She also spoke on the various things that Lake County has to offer.

Representatives from Travel Salem, Travel Oregon, Travel Medford and much more all attended. 

“I was a little intimidated because the lady who spoke before me had just won an award the night before,” Bogardus said. “The presentation went really well and after I spoke, over the next few days, I had several people come up to me asking questions about what Lake County has to offer and how to get to Lake County. I handed out brochures and they couldn’t believe we had so many things coming out of Lake County.” 

Rick and Kathy Dancer attended the breakout session and played a little sneak peak of the video they did when they were here. Dancer reported that on the elevator, there was constant chatter about Bogardus’s presentation. 

The conference wasn’t all business, as Travel Oregon rented out Autzen Stadium, home of the Oregon Ducks and everyone in attendance had a tour of the stadium and facilities. They also got to tour a Nike-designed display, illustrating the run that former Duck and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had on his way to winning the Heisman trophy. 

The display was stocked full of his awards and his accomplishments in college. 

The people in attendance had the opportunity to walk out through the tunnel to the sight of the cheerleaders cheering and the University of Oregon band playing, welcoming them to the conference. 

“It was overall an amazing experience,” she said. “It’s completely different about attending, networking and just meeting people versus this year, people coming up to me and wondering what all Lake County has to offer and wanting to plan trips to come check us out.” 

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-947-6040.

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