Sunday Business Page: Washington County Tourism 6/30/2019


WELCOME BACK TO THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE. WASHINGTON COUNTY IS A GREAT PLACE FOR TOURISM ALL YEAR BUT SUMMER IS ESPECIALLY FUN. WASHINGTON WILD THINGS TO PONY LEAGUES TO WINERIES, HISTORIC SITES, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS IT ALL. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO INVITE TWO GUESTS TO OUR PROGRAM. CHOICE IS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING. GENTLEMEN, WELCOME. THANKS FOR HAVING US. HAPPY SUMMER TIME. HAPPY SUMMER. THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT TIME. IT IS. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR. WASHINGTON COUNTY DOES HAVE IT ALL. WHAT DOES TOURISM MEAN? IT’S A BIG BUSINESS, A $700 MILLION A YEAR BUSINESS. IT EMPLOYS ABOUT 6000 PEOPLE. IT’S A REAL DRIVER OF OUR COUNTY. TOURISM IS UP THERE. IT’S A REAL ECONOMIC DRIVER. WHEN I THINK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, I ALWAYS THINK OF THE TROLLEY MUSEUM. YOU HAVE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIG HOT ITEMS THIS SUMMER? IN MAY, THE NATIONAL ROAD FESTIVAL ON HISTORIC ROUTE 40. WHAT IS THAT? A WONDERFUL EVENT THAT CONNECTS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON COUNTY. IT’S REALLY A CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC ROUTE 40 WHERE THERE ARE SALES AND VENDORS. IS THAT THE ROAD BUILT BY GEORGE WASHINGTON OR SOMEBODY WAY BACK WHEN. THAT’S RIGHT. GIVE US SOME OTHERS. THE SPRING HOUSE HAS FARM HERITAGE DAY WHICH IS GREAT AS WELL. WE HAVE THE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE MORE THAN 50 FOOD TRUCKS THAT WILL BE AT THE MEADOWS CASINO RACE TRACK AND HOTEL FOR THE WEEKEND. ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO FIND, IT WILL BE THERE. HOW MANY? MORE THAN 50. WHEN IS THIS? I JUST MIGHT GO DOWN THERE. I CAN ASSURE YOU, WE WILL TRY THEM ALL. IT’S PART OF OUR JOB. THAT’S A REQUIREMENT FOR YOU BUT YOU ARE A BIG GUY. NOT SURE IF I CAN EAT FROM 50 TRUCKS. WHAT ABOUT THE WILD THINGS? WE LIKE TO SAY THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. BASEBALL IS CERTAINLY HOME TO WASHINGTON COUNTY. JEFF, IT’S NOT JUST MONEY. IT’S JOBS INVOLVED IN THIS. TELL US ABOUT IT. IT IS. TOURISM EMPLOYS ABOUT 6000 PEOPLE, PEOPLE WORKING AT THE HISTORICAL ASSETS, AT THE CASINOS, HOTELS. IT IS BIG BUSINESS AND A NICE DRIVER FOR OUR COUNTY. YOU MENTION HOW ENERGY IS A BIG PART OF WASHINGTON COUNTY. FARMING IS TOO. YOU DRIVE THROUGH SOME OF THE AREAS AND THEY’RE STILL PRISTINE. IT IS. AGRICULTURE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY CONTINUES TO BE IMPORTANT. I BELIEVE WE ARE THE 4th, IN TERMS OF RANKINGS, 4th. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US. WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE REALLY CELEBRATE THE HERITAGE IN OUR COUNTY AND BE SURE PEOPLE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT AGRICULTURE IS NOT ONLY FOR FARM TO TABLE BUT PEOPLE AND EMPLOYEES OF THE FARMING FAMILIES. THERE ARE SOME GREAT RESTAURANTS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. THERE ARE A LOT OF WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS. WE ARE FORTUNATE. HOW DO PEOPLE WHO REALLY ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY, MAYBE THEY LIVE IN CRANBERRY, HOW DO THEY FIND OUT? WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE? HOW DO YOU MARKET YOURSELF? THIS YEAR WE HAVE REALLY CHANGED OUR PERCEPTION IN TERMS OF HOW WE ARE GETTING TO OUR CUSTOMERS. WHAT’S OUR NEW SLOGAN? THE AMERICAN SPIRIT LIVES HERE. THE AMERICAN SPIRIT LIVES HERE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. YOU CAN GO TO VISITWASHINGTONCOUNTY.COM THROUGH OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS. WE ARE RESPONDING TO THE CHANGING WAYS PEOPLE ARE GETTING INFORMATION AND WE WANT TO BE UP FRONT MAKING SURE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT ALL THE GREAT THINGS IN THE COUNTY. DO YOU GET TOURISM FROM OUTSIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA? WE DO. JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND WE HAD A COOKIE COLLEGE EVENT THAT HAD PEOPLE FROM AS FAR AS OHIO, INDIANA, AND OTHER PLACES. COOKIE COLLEGE? YEAH. A LADY IN OUR COMMUNITY DECIDED THAT WEDDING COOKIES AND THINGS THAT WE ENJOY, IT ATTRACTED 500 PEOPLE. THIS THEME YOU HAVE, THIS LOGO, WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD WASHINGTON OF COURSE YOU THINK WASHINGTON, DC, PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, GENERAL WASHINGTON. ARE THERE CONNECTIONS TO AMERICAN HISTORY THAT YOU ARE PLAYING ON WITH A LOGO LIKE THAT? THE CAMPAIGN ALLOWS US TO TELL A COMPLETE STORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY AND REALLY HANG OUR HATS WHERE WE HAVE 16,000 YEARS OF HISTORY. LET’S REPEAT THAT. I HAVE BEEN THERE. IT’S FASCINATING. IT IS A WONDERFUL LOCATION AND ONE THAT TOURISTS FLOCK TO FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. IT’S CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE ASSETS THAT WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE IN WASHINGTON. THERE ARE OTHER CONNECTIONS TO THAT AMERICAN SPIRIT. WHISKEY REBELLION, WHISKEY REBELLION TRAIL, OUR CONNECTION TO OUR SPIRITS. NOT ONLY AMERICA’S SPIRITS BUT SPIRITS IN TERMS OF WHISKEY AND RYE. WE ARE CELEBRATING ALL THAT THROUGH OUR SLOGAN, OUR LOGO. LET ME ASK ABOUT THE PONY LEAGUE. I HAVE DONE STORIES. THIS IS INTERNATIONAL. THIS IS NOT JUST PITTSBURGH OR PENNSYLVANIA OR THE TRI STATE. IT’S INTERNATIONAL. TELL ME ABOUT THE PONY LEAGUE. WE SEE ABOUT 25,000 SPECTATORS EACH YEAR FOR THE DICK’S SPORTING GOODS SERIES. IT IS SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE TO BE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY THAT WEEK, TO SEE EVERYONE FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME IN AND ENJOY BASEBALL IN THE SAME WAY OTHERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ARE, REALLY TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY. NAME SOME OF THE COUNTRIES. CHINESE TIE PAY. THERE IS A TEAM FROM MEXICO AGAIN. THERE WAS A TEAM FROM CALIFORNIA LAST YEAR. DENMARK HAS PLAYED. WHEN IS THE PONY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS? AUGUST 9-15. SO TOWARDS THE END OF THE SUMMER. IT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF GOOD REASONS FOR FOLKS TO EXPLORE WASHINGTON COUNTY. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING IN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING. VISIT WASHINGTON COUNTY. IT’S RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD. I WANT TO GO TO THAT 50 FOOD TRUCK EVENT. WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE IN JUST A

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