Green Country Marketing Association Annual Meeting to be Held June 21

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Green Country Marketing Association, northeast Oklahoma’s premier regional tourism marketing organization, will hold its annual meeting June 21 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 200 W. Albany Drive in Broken Arrow. The meeting, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., is open to the public with lunch offered at $35.

Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Blackburn a native Oklahoman, has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990.

“We are excited and honored to have Dr. Blackburn address our members and guests,” said Jackie Stewart, Green Country Marketing Association executive director. “His knowledge of Oklahoma history is outstanding, and we look forward to his sharing some of that knowledge with us. Many tourists seek historical sites in our state, so those in the tourism industry need to realize history’s importance.”

Dr. Blackburn earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. He has published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school. He also has written or co-authored 22 books and numerous articles, journal entries, and screen plays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media, and he has appeared numerous times on the History Channel.

He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000 square foot museum and research center with a budget of $61 million. Dr. Blackburn has served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, the American Institute of Architects, and Leadership Oklahoma City. He is married to former State Representative Debbie Blackburn and they have one son.

This is GCMA’s 53rd year promoting northeast Oklahoma’s attractions and events. Over the years, tourism has become a major industry in Oklahoma.
“Green Country has a proud history of attracting visitors to our region to experience our outstanding attractions, historical sites, attend special events and enjoy our outdoor recreation. Of Oklahoma’s $8.6 billion annual tourism economic impact, the 18 county region of northeast Oklahoma – Green Country – can claim more than $ 2.6 billion” Stewart said.

The annual meeting will focus on the election of new officers and board members as well as highlight the organization’s accomplishments.
Green Country is one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other multi-county associations to promote the state tourism industry.

Based on its members’ needs, Green Country develops cooperative advertising and marketing campaigns designed to encourage travelers to visit the region while providing savings for its participating members.

The annual meeting is open to the public at a cost of $35 for lunch. If planning on attending, please R.S.V.P. by June 15 to Sherry Robinson at 918.744.0588 or ads@GreenCountryOK.com.

For more information about Green Country Marketing Association, contact Jackie Stewart, executive director, Green Country Marketing Assn., at 918.744.0588 or jstewart@greencountryok.com. Also, visit Green Country’s website at greencountryok.com.

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