MOUNT VERNON — At the June 24 board meeting the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board of Trustees voted to enter into a formal partnership with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber).
The collaboration leverages a shared service platform and central operating location so both organizations may focus on their respective missions – to increase tourism and serve the local business community in Knox County. The CVB and Chamber will remain separate legal entities.
"This collaboration opportunity really is a great fit for the CVB," said CVB Board Chair Jeff Williams. "As Knox County continues to offer an increasing array of quality attractions; from performing arts and outdoor adventure to unique dining and lodging experiences, the savings from shared administrative and operating costs allows us to concentrate more of our resources toward marketing all our community as to offer.
"Further, the partnership combines the experience and talent of our staff and board with that of The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Mount Vernon. This, along with a new visible and accessible location positions us perfectly to showcase Knox County as we continue to grow. We're very excited to begin this new chapter for Knox County tourism."
The CVB will relocate to the Chamber’s current office at 501 S. Main Street, located in a highly traveled and prime tourism area of downtown Mount Vernon. Carol Grubaugh will serve as the Executive Director in the collaboration and Justin Bauer will serve as Marketing Director, continuing to represent the interests of the CVB and local tourism partners.
A joint oversight committee comprised of Grubaugh and members from both Boards will oversee the collaboration.
"The Knox County Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the collaboration with the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau," said Bob Boss, Board Chair for the Chamber. "The collaboration under one roof, will not only save money, but allow for greater utilization of personnel to achieve greater success. Working together will benefit the promotion of Knox County and the business community.”
The Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to work with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce and the Committee to finalize details of the arrangement and will share updates and a relocation timeline when available.