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6
Jan

Mark Calitri reports: Owensboro Kentucky officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy, The ’20s in Owensboro are expected to roar!

Mark Calitri reports: Owensboro Kentucky officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy,
The ’20s in Owensboro are expected to roar, local officials say.
Developer Jack Wells, the incoming board chair of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, is so confident in a strong local economy in 2020 that he joined with several other local investors in December to buy Towne Square Mall for $5.15 million with plans to redevelop it.
“I think the economy in our region is very strong,” Wells said recently. “I don’t see that changing in 2020. We will have a recession at some point, but I don’t think it will be in 2020. We have a pretty diverse economy here. We typically buck the highs and lows in the economy.”
Laura Alexander, general manager of both the Owensboro Convention Center and the Sportscenter, said, “I suspect we will end 2020 with more conventions than we had in 2019.”
There were 12 conventions last year.
Alexander said 11 have already been confirmed for 2020 and another four are studying the convention center’s proposals.
“2020 is going to be an exciting year for Owensboro and Daviess County,” said Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The CVB is proactively selling Owensboro and encouraging meeting and travel planners to look at the unique experiences we have.”
He said, “The Owensboro Convention Center and the CVB have increased our intensity in pursuing new events that not only fill the center but create an economic windfall for local restaurants, gas stations and hotels. One new conference is the Kentucky Association for Economic Development in May. This conference will bring economic development professionals from across the state and allow us the opportunity to showcase Owensboro and Daviess County.”
Calitri said the CVB is working with the convention center to upgrade the OMG!con gathering in June — one of the city’s largest conventions — “and improve the marketing, all with the goal of increasing this event’s economic impact. It’s run by a group of volunteers. We’re trying to find a local event manager to work with them.”
‘Cool national event’
And, he said, “We also are close to announcing a cool national event leading up to ROMP.”
The CVB is also working to brand Owensboro as both “Kentucky’s Music City” and “the cultural and culinary leader in Western Kentucky.”

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/officials-confident-will-bring-strong-local-economy/article_2af316ee-ed07-5b31-9823-369be956f45b.html

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

30
Dec

Calitri reports: Sears home in Cincinnati Ohio, home to Clermont County Tourism office

Calitri reports: Sears home in Cincinnati Ohio, home to Clermont County Tourism office
Posted by Cindy Catanzaro on December 29, 2016 in Batavia
A while back I was doing some research on Beatrice Lask, who identified over 500 Sears Houses in Cincinnati, and came across an article published in the Cincinnati Enquirer dated January 30, 1993.
So, off to Google Maps I went, to see if I could spot the house. Surely it wouldn’t be too hard, since it was on Main St. in Batavia, which is a fairly small village. I did find it pretty quickly, and what a great Sears House it turned out to be.
https://www.discoverclermont.com/clermont-news/8215/
The Ivanhoe was offered in the Sears Modern Home catalogs between 1912 and 1918, but we do know of other instances of Sears selling a house kit for a design that was no longer shown in the catalog. Hopefully the family would have a pretty good idea of the year of build, but I did find the original owner, James Ashburn, listed on “Main St.”, with no house number, in the 1920 Census, which was conducted on the 8th and 9th of January, 1920 in Batavia. That might mean the house was completed prior to 1920, or that the original owner lived in a different house on Main St at the time.
Many thanks to Mark Calitri, Executive Director of the Bureau, for letting me take photos of a lot of the original interior details of the house, like the fireplace with the Rookwood tile, with the triple door bookcases on each side. This makes me feel like a newspaper photographer! (Just kidding.)

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

26
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: The new Owensboro downtown convention center hotel will help boost tourism-New indoor sports facility being pursued!

Mark Calitri reports: Downtown hotel should boost tourism, officials say
But indoor sports facility needed
• By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer
• Dec 24, 2019

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/downtown-hotel-should-boost-tourism-officials-say/article_24dc1d47-5698-5047-bb00-787ae949884f.html
Construction on the 120-room Home2 Suites by Hilton and the 200 apartments attached to it across Second Street from the Owensboro Convention Center should begin in the spring.
And Matt Hayden, who’s building the complex with Jack Wells, said the 10- to 12-story project should be ready to open in April 2021 — if not sooner.
The new hotel is important for the continued growth of tourism in Owensboro, Hayden and Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently.
“In order to attract larger conventions, we have to have at least 350 rooms downtown,” Hayden said. “The new hotel will take us to 389 — 150 at the Hampton, 119 at the Holiday Inn and 120 at the Home2 Suites. That gives us a little cushion.”
The new hotel will also bring the total number of hotel rooms in town to more than 1,500.
Mayor Tom Watson said, “The new hotel will be something to hang our hats on. It will create more convention business.”
“The new downtown hotel will be transformative for Owensboro and adds another diamond in our crown,” Calitri said. “The CVB sees the next few years as crucial for Owensboro as our market has already successfully absorbed the opening of two new hotels with no real decline in hotel occupancy. Our challenge is to be proactive and continue to aggressively pursue innovative ways to attract new visitors and sports and convention groups to fill the hotels.”

18
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: PBS Bluegrass Now!’ is Owensboro’s largest TV production


Nashville producer Todd Jarrell is bringing an 80-member crew, whose members will be working 60-plus hours in four days to prep for the concert, capture the 7 p.m. performance by 35 or more musicians in 10 bands and do post-production work.
“This is a really big deal,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board Tuesday. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” He said, ‘the audience is coming from nine states — Kentucky, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.”

The concert features Vincent, Lauderdale, Larry Sparks, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Dan Tyminski, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle.
Jarrell said his company has “delivered over 120 episodes of ‘Bluegrass Underground’ and seven multiartist prime time/pledge specials to PBS over the last few years. They trust us to bring the production home.”
“Bluegrass Now!” will be the third PBS show in six months to feature bluegrass.
“Big Family,” a documentary that featured the Hall of Fame, aired in August.
“Country Music,” the Ken Burns documentary that featured a lot of bluegrass, aired in September.

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

8
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: ‘Sportstown USA’: Owensboro 2020 will see major events

In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Owensboro “Kentucky’s Sportstown USA.”
And the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to highlight that designation in 2020.
“We are determined to live up to the title of Kentucky No. 1 Sportstown,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently. “We earn this title by aggressively pursuing top events across a broad spectrum of sports.”
And 2020 should see that effort kick into high gear.
Last week, the CVB announced that the Kentucky Scholastic 3D Archery State Indoor Championship will be at the Owensboro Convention Center from Feb. 27 to March 1.
More than 500 archers are expected to compete for a state championship in their division and class.
Chris McDonald, coordinator for the tournament, said it’s moving from Madisonville because it needs a larger venue.
“Owensboro has the perfect venue and so much to offer our families that travel for competitions,” he said in a news release.
Laura Alexander, the convention center’s general manager, said the tournament’s economic impact on the city should approach $400,000

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/sportstown-usa-cvb-says-will-see-major-events/article_2bb6dcba-8069-5694-9240-6455d74be295.html

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

6
Dec

30-plus international tour operators coming to Owensboro! International travelers are looking for real, authentic American experiences.

30-plus international tour operators coming to Owensboro!
More than 30 international tour operators and travel planners from Brazil and Europe will be in Owensboro on Thursday, Dec. 5, checking out the city’s attractions.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Chris Gendek, of Visit Owensboro Destination Services, is in St. Louis this week for the Travel South International conference, talking to the tour operators and planners about Owensboro.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, is also at the meeting, playing bluegrass and telling the tour operators about the Hall of Fame.
Dave Kirk, the CVB’s destination management director said a full day of activities is being planned for the visitors from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.
They are scheduled to arrive at the Holiday Inn Riverfront and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
After lunch at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, they’ll tour the Hall of Fame and sit in on a jam session.
Then they’ll tour O.Z. Tyler Distillery and throw axes at Escape Today.
The visit will end with dinner at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art catered by City Walk.
Kirk said Owensboro’s proximity to St. Louis made the visit possible.
“They’re going to several places in Kentucky,” he said. “But we’re the first stop, and we’ll get to make the first impression.”
Kirk said many of the people on the tour have been to New York City and Chicago.
Now, they’re looking for something different and authentic, he said.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/plus-international-tour-operators-coming-thursday/article_9ee05bc6-2860-5990-b40b-a9e4ad151d65.html#utm_source=messenger-inquirer.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3Frefreshed123%26-dc%3D1575547209&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

4
Dec

Mark Calitri announces economic development news: Owensboro to see $400,000 impact in hosting state archery tournament

Owensboro to see $400,000 impact in hosting state archery tournament
For the first time, Owensboro has been selected to host the 2019 Kentucky Scholastic 3D Archery State Indoor Championship at the Owensboro Convention Center. This competition will bring in over 500 archers and their families from across the state of Kentucky to compete for a state championship in their division and class.
Kentucky S3DA State Indoor Championship Coordinator Chris McDonald said the decision to relocate the state championship from Madisonville’s Western Kentucky Archery Complex to Owensboro was based on the need for more space, which the convention center was able to provide.

“As this sport has grown rapidly in Kentucky, we required a larger facility to accommodate our needs,” McDonald said. “Owensboro has the perfect venue and so much to offer our families that travel for competitions.”
According to a press release from Visit Owensboro’s David Kirk, the event will take place Feb. 27-March 1, and the archers will compete for the title of state champion in their respective class and division, as well as for the title of KY Indoor Shooter of the Year. McDonald said he expects numerous college recruiters to be in attendance.
Owensboro Convention Center Laura Alexander said this event, and other events of its size, has enormous economic impacts on Owensboro.
“Having thousands of visitors in town staying in hotels, eating in our restaurants, shopping and buying gas will approach a $400,000 impact to Owensboro businesses,” she said.
Visit Owensboro President and CEO Mark Calitri said this event exemplifies his slogan of “Every day, Owensboro touches the world.”
“For this state championship, we will attract archers and their families from all corners of Kentucky,” he said. “This is a new event for Owensboro, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase an amazing community that’s thriving and has a positive energy.”
Caltiri said Visit Owensboro and the Owensboro Convention Center are continuing to collaborate in bringing more large-scale events like the state indoor archery championship to Owensboro.
“We are actively pursuing more opportunities like this that help support and build the Owensboro economy,” he said. “This event is open to the public and we encourage people to come to the Owensboro Convention Center with your kids and watch archers from across the state compete in one of the fastest growing sports.”

https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2019/12/owensboro-to-see-400000-economic-impact-in-hosting-state-archery-championship/
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

27
Nov

Visit Owensboro creates campaign as “Kentucky’s Music City”

Visit Owensboro creates campaign as “Kentucky’s Music City”
https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2019/11/cvb-rebrands-owensboro-as-kentuckys-music-city/

After Owensboro was selected as one of the country’s top 10 music cities through Brand USA’s “Hear the Music” campaign, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) decided to rebrand Owensboro as “Kentucky’s Music City.” This rebranding approach proved successful as the CVB earned a gold award for best marketing campaign in Kentucky.
Owensboro’s CVB edged out the larger Kentucky cities of Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green to claim the top honor for its marketing campaign. Visit Owensboro President & CEO Mark Calitri said this rebranding effort was purposeful in getting the word out about Owensboro’s large-scale music scene.
“In January, the Kentucky Visitor’s Guide will be out, and we’ve got an ad where we’ve named Owensboro as ‘Kentucky’s Music City’ because of the BRAND USA designation,” Calitri said.
Calitri said the CVB’s rebranding efforts go much further than a name change, stating that Visit Owensboro will be working closely with some of the city’s tourism stakeholders, including the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, to expand and improve the exhibition experience for visitors.
“Right now, they’re starting to really ramp up with even more events that they’re hosting,” he said, adding that he’s working with the CVB’s liaison to secure additional funding to make upgrades to the Hall of Fame’s museum portion.

Calitri said there’s multiple opportunities for the Hall of Fame to expand and get creative with new developments and exhibits.
“The building is designed for two temporary galleries for changing exhibits,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris Joslin. “We’re looking into creating new exhibits that focus on the bluegrass genre and also appeal to a broader audience, such as artists and subjects outside of the core bluegrass genre.”
Though Joslin can’t yet reveal the specifics for the changing exhibits, he said the idea for implementing them has been part of the plan long before a secret shopper from Veneto Collaboratory assessed the Hall of Fame and recommended the idea in June.
“Having the temporary exhibits and changing galleries has been part of the plan all along. It’s just been a matter of time and resources available,” Joslin said. “Mark and his team’s involvement creates a means of getting us there faster than was originally planned.”
Though the Hall of Fame has the unique opportunity to create revenue through ticket sales for events, it’s also a 501c3 nonprofit, Joslin said. Budgetary restrictions caused the Hall of Fame to prioritize certain aspects of development over others in the beginning, but Joslin said they have a full-time staff member who focuses on all of the activities and events that are held inside the building and manages the grants and donations that come into the facility.
Joslin expressed gratitude toward Calitri and the CVB for their efforts in working to flesh out Owensboro’s “music city” identity, something Joslin feels Owensboro embraces and encompasses — not only through the Hall of Fame’s many concerts, including ROMP, and educational programs, but through other citywide music events such as Friday After 5, the City-sponsored Live on the Banks concerts, and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s concert series, he said.
According to Calitri, the expenditures the CVB is looking into for the Hall of Fame aren’t about paying the bills or keeping the doors open, but to truly enhance the experience for those who travel to and live in “Kentucky’s Music City.”
“This is a little bit deeper and really has some value,” Calitri said. “If we could have a system of rotating exhibits, it gives the viewer, the museum goer, something fresh to see.”

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

22
Nov

A busy weekend is spurring an economic boost in Owensboro

A busy weekend is spurring an economic boost in Owensboro
Weekend events create economic boost in Owensboro. Local businesses and hotels profited from two big events.
Tourism produces more than $218 million of spending in Owensboro.
“This weekend really highlighted the multitude of different events that Owensboro brought that helped signify those dollars being spent,” said Mark Calitri, President and CEO of Visit Owensboro.
Thousands came to town this weekend for The Chamber of Young Professionals Summit and the CASA Conference.
“Our businesses were majorly impacted, our restaurants were reporting an hour and a half wait times, the hotels were full, downtown was buzzing with people and the money that they bring to town,” said Calitri.
Calitri says this weekend’s events alone produced spending of more than $116,000. He says this exceeds typical weekend averages.

https://www.14news.com/2019/11/19/busy-weekend-is-spurring-an-economic-boost-owensboro/
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

22
Nov

‘Kentucky’s Music City!’ Visit Owensboro earns gold award for best marketing campaign in Kentucky!

‘Kentucky’s Music City!’ Visit Owensboro earns gold award for best marketing campaign in Kentucky!
Visit Owensboro also known as the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau captured a gold traverse award for its Brand USA Hear the Music campaign. Gold represents first place in the category of campaigns.

“We are extremely proud of our team for earning the highest award for the campaign division. Visit Owensboro is in the competitive set with Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky and Bowling Green. Wining this honor shows we can compete with the biggest and best in our state when it comes to marketing our community,” said Kyle Aud, Visit Owensboro Board Chair.

“Our campaign consisted of several marketing tools for Owensboro being named a top music city. Those included, press releases, promotional videos, website blogs, digital ads, social media posts, and the local launch event at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We took every opportunity we could to capitalize on being promoted as a top music city,” said Mark Calitri, President & CEO Visit Owensboro.

This is the second year in a row that Visit Owensboro has won a gold traverse award at the Kentucky Travel Industry’s Annual Conference. Last year the team won gold for their ROMP campaign and Destination Manager Dave Kirk earned the Kentucky Travel Industry Emerging Leader of The Year.
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Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.