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Put Denton’s best foot forward for visitors

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The city of Denton has begun hosting conventions at its new Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center at Rayzor Ranch Town Center.

The local tourist and convention bureau has a central question to answer: What face does Denton want to project to out-of-towners looking for a good time outside the exhibition floor and meeting rooms?

Flexibility will be the key. One size, so to speak, will not fit all conventions.

For example, the Texas Society of Architects might enjoy a guided tour of Denton buildings designed by renowned architect O'Neil Ford. On the other hand, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association might prefer the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau's tried-and-true "horse country" tour around Aubrey and Pilot Point.

Bus tours, of course, are all about locations. But the personality and vocal quality of the guide are also important. Like the best stand-up comedians, accomplished tour guides present their customers with smooth narratives that seem "off the cuff" but that are really well-written and practiced to perfection.

The courthouse Square will be important, but we cannot depend on it too heavily. While we in Denton love the courthouse and the shops that surround it, many other Texas counties also maintain historic courthouses surrounded by quaint shops and eateries.

Denton is a college town, which means the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University must be factored into the equation. A concert at the impressive Murchison Performing Arts Center on the UNT campus might be in order. A visit to the Little-Chapel-in-the-Woods or a presentation on the Pioneer Woman statue are options at TWU.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Denton program is designed to develop civic mindedness in up-and-coming executives. Each Leadership Denton class takes on a project that tackles how the city should meet a looming challenge.

The 33rd class of Leadership Denton is exploring some exciting ideas about how to put Denton's best foot forward for conventioneers. Much of their work deals with the logistics of moving groups of people from one place to another.

Leadership Denton will present its report to the community in early April. We appreciate the hard work that class members put into this project and we are certain that it will bear fruit as we all figure out the best ways to host visitors with money to spend.

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