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Recreation Resources Service Teleconference
(December 1, 2010; November 3, 2010)
Connecting Parks and Recreation Departments with Tourism (Recreation Resources Service Teleconference)
December 1, 2010—Tourism Extension partnered with Recreation Resources Service to provide this teleconference focused on making the connection between Parks and Recreation Departments and tourism in local communities. The teleconference featured six topics. Click HERE for more information.
Customer Service 101 for Front Line Supervisors (Recreation Resources Service Teleconference)
November 3, 2010—Tourism Extension partnered with Recreation Resources Service to provide this teleconference focused on customer service strategies for front-line employees. Click HERE for more information.
College of Natural Resources Extension Agent Training
(August 31, 2010 – September 2, 2010)
Extension specialists from the College of Natural Resources (CNR) offered an Extension agent training in Raleigh, NC at the Brownstone Inn from August 31, 2010 to September 2, 2010. The overall purpose of the workshop was to share recent and current research related to CNR and of interest to Extension agents. In addition to an active round table discussion, the multi-day workshop covered a variety of topics related to forestry, landowners, and tourism. For more information, click HERE to view the workshop agenda. The workshop covered the following topics:
- Nature-Based Tourism
- Promoting Economic Development in Your County Through Renewable Energy
- Internet Mapping Service and GPS for Landowners
- Forest Certification
- North Carolina’s Forest Products Industry
- Developing Programming in Response to Climate Change
- Present Use Value Tax Changes and Conservation Planning Efforts
East Coast Agritourism Webinar Series
(March 2, 2010 - April 6, 2010)
NC State University Tourism Extension teamed with colleagues from Rutgers University to offer a FREE webinar series on agritourism. The East Coast Agritourism Webinar Series included five different sessions designed to provide an overview of important information related to agritourism. The free webinar series began in March 2010 with a different topic offered each Tuesday from March 2-April 6 at two convenient times, noon--1pm and 7-8pm. Click HERE for detailed information about the sessions and to view recorded webinars.
The Business Side of Agritourism II - NC Extension Agent Training
(March 10, 2010)
The Business Side of Agritourism II Workshop was held on March 10, 2010 at the Harnett County Extension Office. This day-long workshop offered informative sessions on website development, compliance issues (insurance, taxes and labor), using social media, other rural opportunities (fee hunting, cabin rentals, weddings, and paintball), and a panel discussion with seasoned extension agents working on agritourism. Tourism Extension is proud to be a collaborator in this training initiative.
This training is offered to all interested NC extension field faculty. Pre-registration is required. The $25 registration fee will be reimbursed along with mileage for the first 40 agents who register. For more information and to view the complete agenda, click HERE.
The Business Side of Agritourism Workshop
(April 27 - April 29, 2010)
A Multi-State Training for Extension Agents and Other Professionals
On April 27 - 29 The Business Side of Agritourism Workshop was held in Fletcher, NC. The workshop was sponsored by the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Funding for this workshop was provided by a Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. The principle investigators were Kent Wolfe, Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and Gary Bullen, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Over 60 extension agents and other professionals engaged in agritourism endeavors attended the workshop. Participating states included North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.