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CVB looks again at budget, discusses electronic sign

The Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau met Monday in its new office space off North Capitol Avenue to discuss, among other things, the budget proposal for 2008.
‘Our budget reflects continuing changes in marketing while trying to move destination development forward,’ said CVB executive director Jim Epperson.
A preliminary budget was presented to the Harrison County Council during an August budget session. The CVB is asking for $974,000 from the council, with other funds for its annual expenses coming through grants, partnerships and interests. Last year, the county provided the CVB with $975,000.
Other news on the agenda concerned funding for the Main Street Corydon sign, which will be located near the Corydon Wal-Mart Supercenter. The CVB received approval for the sign last week from the Corydon Board of Zoning and Appeals. The CVB will partially fund the sign and will be involved in the sign’s content, most of which will focus on events in downtown Corydon but will be used as a tool for the entire community, Epperson said.
CVB assistant director Jeremy Yackle presented a staff report with information pertaining to the Harrison County Fair, a new staff member and the addition of an automated external defibrillator to the Welcome Center on the westbound side of Interstate 64 near the Lanesville exit.
Yackle said, as per usual, the CVB had a booth at the fair for the distribution of information and to collect surveys. He said they also did the ‘monopoly game’ and gave away prizes in conjunction with that. Prized were donated from CVB partners. ‘Team Tourism’ members manned the booth.
He also said since relocation of the tourism offices, another travel counselor was needed on staff. Sam Lander was hired for the position and began work July 17.
Yackle has contacted Harrison County’s EMS director Gary Kleeman about a grant to acquire an automated external defibrillator for the Welcome Center.
Epperson said the occurrence for medical treatment for someone stopping by the Welcome Center, while not necessarily common, ‘probably happens more than you think.’ And since the center is located about midway between hospitals in Corydon and New Albany, keeping one on hand would shorten the reaction time if immediate medical attention was needed. The Indiana Dept. of Transportation has also signed off on the AED.