Our chamber board has adopted a couple of key priorities for the Denton Chamber of Commerce's Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Kim Phillips, the CVB director, was authorized to execute an agreement with the Denton Record-Chronicle to produce Denton Live magazine. The contract calls for 60,000 copies printed semiannually, to promote major Denton-area events and attractions.
Denton Live is primarily distributed through regional outlets, and also is available at the chamber office, downtown visitor center and local hotels. It is accessible electronically through the CVB's Discover Denton website.
The board also approved the creation of a new executive position, director of visitor services. Designed as a joint agreement with the Denton Main Street Association, the job applies specifically to Christine Gossett.
Denton Main Street currently contracts with Christine for part-time administrative services and event coordination. We consider this arrangement a bonus for both organizations.
Christine previously worked for the Denton chamber as our program and events director. We subsequently promoted her to head the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Christine already has an office at the Discover Denton Welcome Center, on the south side of the Square. In her expanded role, she will step up as manager of the visitor center, as well as help facilitate and coordinate guest traffic between the new convention center and major Denton-area hospitality centers.
Our welcome center houses the DentonRadio.com studios, as well as a retail store for selling local art, music and sundries. Thanks to our hotel occupancy tax agreement with the city of Denton, our CVB is able to expand and extend the services of the chamber office as "the front door to the community."
CHUCK CARPENTER is president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at email@example.com.