Osage County Tourism Appoints Executive Director

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Kelly Bland has accepted the position of Executive Director of Osage County Tourism, according to Trisha Kerkstra, Osage County Tourism Board President. Bland is a former Texas native and sought-after motivational speaker with extensive experience promoting rural Texas through her involvement in the Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) with a membership of 32 Texas counties.  She served on the TMCN Board of Directors for several years working with more than 50 communities and their county, city, and civic officials for the benefit of economic growth and community development.  Bland also assisted in establishing a legislative footprint for the TMCN by working to create cohesive connections between member communities and legislative officials.    “We are thrilled with Kelly’s energy and enthusiasm and are looking forward to her contributions. She comes to us with solid chamber experience and a true understanding of a sense of place,” said Kerkstra. “The countryside of Osage County takes your breath away and the people make you feel right at home.  There’s no place like the Osage,” Bland commented about her new home and position. Visit the Osage County Tourism website at www.VisitTheOsage.com. Contact Bland at 918.210.9788 or visittheosage@gmail.com. Osage County Tourism is a member of Green Country Marketing Assn., one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other marketing associations to promote state tourism, an $8.9 billion industry. GCMA celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, marking a long and successful public-private partnership as northeast Oklahoma’s premier regional tourism marketing organization. To learn more about Oklahoma tourism, visit www.GreenCountryOk.com, and www.TravelOk.com

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