While many annual appointments were made last week, town
officials decided to hold off on moving forward with making any
appointments to the town's Economic Development and Tourism
Jeanne Karlhuber, innkeeper and longtime chair, recently
resigned from the commission but submitted a recommendation to Town
Manager Seth Webb.
The recommendation is as follows:
I recommend a seven member board that includes community
representatives that ideally represents the following:
Chamber of Commerce
Community (KMS or GMC)
4. Community Member
5. Second Home
Economic Development Representative
The town's Select Board is expected to explore the commission
and the municipal tourism department's function this year as
one of its main goals.
The number of commission members since the group's founding in
2008, after the institution of the town's local option tax, has
In August 2011, the Select Board decided to eliminate the
commission entirely but then that same year, appointed four of the
latest commission members - Joelle Jarvis, a marketing
consultant at North Star Lodge, Karlhuber, the owner of
Snowed Inn, Nicole Levesque, owner of Vermont Gift and Garden and
Robert Megnin, marketing director for Killington Resort.
At the time, eight people applied for spots on the
However, at Tuesday's meeting, Webb told the Board that there
were only two members left after five years.
The commission was charged with providing advise on town events
and functions that could draw more local tourism, specifically in
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