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Ohio Sea Grant Extension Welcomes New Tourism Program Director

12:00 pm, Tue December 12, 2006 – Ms. Huntley has joined its staff as the Tourism Extension Program Director

Ohio Sea Grant College Program is pleased to announce that, with the help of Lake Erie Coastal Ohio and The Ohio State University Extension, Ms. Melinda Huntley has joined its staff as the Tourism Extension Program Director, effective immediately.

"I have long felt that as a program Ohio Sea Grant should be doing more to increase the impact of tourism on our state and region, and use it as an economic stimulus and a learning tool for visitors," notes Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant Director. "Melinda should allow us to do that."

Huntley will work to increase the economic impact of tourism within the Lake Erie region while also promoting and preserving those places and stories that make Lake Erie so unique, such as its natural areas, historical sites, and cultural offerings.

One of her responsibilities is to coordinate the newly-designated Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail national scenic byway, a driving route that connects Conneaut to Toledo. It is one of 126 nationally-designated routes by the Federal Highway Administration as an America’s Byway.

With over 20 years of experience in the field, Huntley is recognized as a national, regional, and state leader. She currently serves as the 2006-07 president of the Ohio Travel Association, and as national coordinator of the America’s Byways Economic Impact Study Steering Committee. Huntley is also a board member for the National Scenic Byway Foundation, the Ohio Travel Association, and the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University. Previously, Huntley was director of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, and she’s held marketing and public relations positions with the Sandusky/Erie County Visitors and Convention Bureau and Cedar Point.

Her office is located in Sandusky at the East Sandusky Bay Preserve on Route 6, right along the national scenic byway. Her webpage is available at www.ohioseagrant.osu.edu/mhuntley.

For More Information

Contact Melinda Huntley Tourism Extension Program Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program Extension
4011 Cleveland Road
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
at 419-609-0399

Or Frank Lichtkoppler Extension Specialist
Ohio Sea Grant College Program Extension
99 East Erie Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077
at 440.350.2267

ARTICLE TITLE: Ohio Sea Grant Extension Welcomes New Tourism Program Director PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Tue December 12, 2006 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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