Increasingly, visitors are looking to experience the history and heritage of a region. What great stories does your community have to tell? This webinar will reveal ways to partner in larger regional storytelling, and how to link your stories to a wider audience with technology. This webinar, held on March 15, 2017, is the fifth in the six-part mini-series of disaster-recovery webinars targeted to small, rural communities in coal-impacted communities.
Linda H. DiMario Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism Irvine Chamber of Commerce DiMario leads the economic development and tourism promotion divisions of the biggest Chamber in Orange County, California. Engaged in a full scope of work to enhance the economic vitality of Irvine, the ED and destination marketing team works with Chamber membership and community leadership to sustain aggressive business retention and attraction programs, a pro-active industry cluster and skill development initiative, a robust start-up eco-system, cultivate an international outreach and coalition for export assistance and FDI strategies and an effective, targeted leisure travel, meetings and conventions program. Before joining the Chamber, DiMario was the owner and principal of DiMario & Associates, an economic development, community branding and tourism consulting practice, working with over 100 cities, counties and organizations in the U.S. to brand, strategize and grow effectively. Prior to consulting, DiMario was president and CEO of the Arlington (TX) Convention & Visitors Bureau instrumental in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium development; CEO of the Long Beach Area (CA) CVB taking a lead role in the city’s transformation; VP Sales & Marketing, Greater Tucson (AZ) CVB and Oakland (CA) CVB, worked for Disneyland Hotel and four other hotels and managed political campaigns. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and she is a U.S. Air Force veteran. DiMario serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Kristie Poehler President Fact Not Fiction New England Kristie Poehler has been studying history for over twenty-five years. She is a published author, historian and lecturer, and has spoken for groups all over the country. Her books include Gettysburg National Military Park: The Monuments and Their Stories and The Cause, both available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many independent booksellers all over the country. Kristie is the President of Fact Not Fiction New England and is currently working on a New England Civil War Discovery Trail. Previously, she was owner and editor of the Battlefield Journal and created the award-winning PBS documentary New England and the Civil War. Kristie resides in Massachusetts with her five year old son.