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The 2013 Annual Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism took place in the Hall of Flags of the State House
Catherine Ryan submits-
I sat with Peter Webber of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and a great group from Newburyport. The Massachusetts Director of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is Betsy Wall and she’s impressive! She has pushed for investment in this sector, measurable returns, and building success through strong partner engagement. I thought about the Essex National Heritage Trail and MA Smart Growth Alliance. I thought about the great work from Anita Walker and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the new state Cultural Districts. This led me to wondering how many women were in charge of Departments with Gov. Patrick and how much were their budgets and all sectors? I confess that I would have started to look that up right then and there (wifi was good!), but everything was so interesting I had to listen.
Several dignitaries were introduced.
Massachusetts State Representative Kathleen O’Connor Ives is the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development (seems very approachable) along with Representative Cory Atkins (Concord). Ives lives in Newburyport so our table was excited when she spoke! There was big applause from Plymouth and Cape Cod attendees for Therese Murray (Plymouth/Barnstable), the Massachusetts Senate President. Well, she likely supported Plymouth’s 400th Centennial exhibition that will travel across the US and overseas!
The room– and the international table– just beamed for Governor Deval Patrick who was our keynote speaker. Travel and tourism is right up there with other market pillars that have helped the MA economy recover (such as higher education and healthcare). He gave a shout out to…The Berkshires! He presented MOTT awards to several successes in the TT arena including City of Salem, the Freedom Trail, SturbridgeVillage, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, and Boston Gay Pride. The international representatives at the table next to us covered Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland and Japan. The three big emerging countries? China, Brazil and India.
Betsy Wall lined up the speakers to cover the big picture on down, and how they’re working and partnering together. The first Guest Speaker was great, President of Brand USA (Discover America), Christopher L. Thompson.
He shared this Roseanne Cash “Land of Dreams” song/video commercial that was done “before he came on board”. I’m not sure if that meant he was cool for it or not! I admit that I was trying to spot Gloucester’s flag and other towns within the great room, and did not concentrate just then on specific shots of MA in this video, but I did see iconic art and bridges. You can see it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrUs_FWqj9s
Incidentally tracking film and tv production within MA falls in MOTT’s domain and Gloucester is one of 70 towns or cities that have been used as location over the past two years. In 2013 alone there have been 16 major productions in MA and estimated spending for the year is north of $215,000,000.
Thompson (and others) described this industry as the nation’s #1 service export and that1 in every 8 jobs reflects this sector of the economy. Massachusetts is big time involved. Massachusetts is a destination for its “must see” sights, and so many of our Nation’s “firsts” are here. Massachusetts is also leading or in the top 5 for work in healthcare, energy efficiency and alternate energy, life sciences and biology. People are visiting their kids at our universities, moving through for military travel, etc. Boston Conventions is the leading INTERNATIONAL headquarters for business, scientific and medical segments of the economy. Although travel is up, it has not reached the levels pre 2001. Brand USA was implemented to raise these numbers. This industry is so ready with measurements and metrics they could easily offer exact data about how much business was lost and the economic impact from the government shut down.
Another speaker, Tom Glynn, CEO for the Massachusetts Port Authority, gave a terrific update. Massport is helping people move through quickly and safely and they have a global outlook. They’ve streamlined the clog (vehicular and exhaust!) at pick up and drop off for Logan by switching to one integrated bus system for all rental car companies (28 vs. 100+). They’ve rearranged curbs and added better wayfinding. They’ve introduced the new TSA program “global entry”. There are big gains in travel infrastructure and many more non stop flights available.
The last speaker up was Patricia Rojas-Ungar, Vice President of Relations for the United States Travel Association (USTA). She spoke about our country being the number one place foreigners say they want to travel to– but then don’t, because of how long it takes to acquire a visa and the travel hassles. She’d say that increased international travel means more American jobs. They’re working on making that travel easier. This means in places such as Brazil and China, two willing markets, people may be able to access digital media for interviews for visas rather than having to take a trip to another location possibly hours away just to apply… to take a trip to the US. It also means spreading the news about the Jolt Act (HR 1354) which supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program to Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Romania and Uruguay because it could add billions to our economy and create more jobs. Text from your phone today 877-877, “travel”, and send to sign up for the Power of Travel coalition if you want to help there.
What does MOTT mean for folks, organizations and businesses in Gloucester? You can sign up to meet Director Betsy Wall in person. Peter Webber has arranged for Ms. Wall to visit Cape Ann next week. The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting this very special reception on Wednesday, October 30th, from 9AM-10:30AM at the Rockport Inn & Suites. You can RSVP here http://web.capeannchamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1136
Visit and re-visit MOTT’s website www.massvacation.com. It’s full on engagement, ever updating and rich content. Take some time to submit your business/org listing to the website (no guaranty but worth a try); use great (seasonal) photos, and write ups. See what is already listed. Look at the tabs for LBGT and MA Green and other categories. Add into their social media platforms (send in your photos, posts, comments) and partake in the robust real time marketing they’re making available. It’s going to be a great resource when you want to visit other towns, too.
With Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City’s leadership and support, here are some September updates for City Arts & Gloucester covering the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Downtown Work Plan, Harbortown Cultural District and the Committee for the Arts.
From now through October 15th submit a design for a Cape Ann license plate!
· The single most successful MA specialty license plate is…the one celebrating Massachusetts’ other Cape. The Cape and Islands plate, created in 1996, features an image of Eastham’s Nauset Lighthouse and the cliffs of Siasconset and Aquinnah. It has raised $20.1 million and was ordered for 45,000 cars in the state. At that time, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed backgrounds. The new image space requirements are smaller squares to the left of the number.
· Feeling competitive? There are currently more than 216,641 specialty license plates in circulation in the state now, according to the Registry. The five top sellers?
· What do you think the 2 letters should be?
· For more information on how to apply, see GMG announcement https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/cape-ann-chamber-launches-drive-for-special-cape-ann-license-plate/
News from Community Development and the Downtown Work Plan
The Downtown Work Plan group continues! Come to City Hall for the third and final public meeting Tuesday September 17, 2013. Like the others, this meeting will also be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall and run from 6-8PM. You can check out the results from the 2nd public presentation on line http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. Community Development will also post the other presentations to the website as well. If you have any comments or questions, email Community Development Director, Tom Danieltdaniel@gloucester-ma.gov
Enjoy this August 8, 2013 Boston Globe article on Mayor Kirk’s efforts for Community Development for downtown Gloucester. You can see it here
News from the downtown Harbortown Cultural District
Mayor Carolyn Kirk has committed the City’s major support as lead partner for our two Gloucester Cultural Districts!
2/3 of the Harbortown partners have filled out a survey to prioritize goals with a focus on arts and culture. Other partners will complete theirs as they meet with their committees/boards. Example of one of the questions (‘in progress’ screen shot)
Harbortown partners and stakeholders attending the August meeting at Cape Ann Museum were lucky to hear an outstanding update from Director Ronda Faloon:
Reaching Out and Strengthening Within, Cape Ann Museum’s recently announced Capital Campaign will raise funds to make essential and innovative changes, dramatically improving the Museum’s ability to care for its nationally significant collection, as well as to tell the Cape Ann story and the pivotal role it has played in the American experience. Dynamic new interior and exterior spaces will be created. Outdated systems will be updated and underutilized spaces will be maximized to provide secure, more cost-effective and visitor-friendly settings for the collection. The Campaign will also support efforts to make the Museum’s collection more accessible by digitization, allowing it to be viewed on a redesigned website. Whether you are a physical or virtual visitor, the Museum hopes to transform your experience. http://www.capeannmuseum.org/support/capital-campaign/
We also participated in a special hands-on discussion and workshop about the goals for our district which was facilitated by Rebecca Borden Art Haven’s interim director. Art Haven and Cape Ann museum are founding partners of the Harbortown Cultural District.
News from the Committee for the Arts
On behalf of Mayor Kirk and the City of Gloucester, we’re in the process of updating the Committee for the Arts page on the City website and all these logos are at play!
The Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that James Owen Calderwood’s temporary public artwork, his abstract ‘Fish Net’ street mural covering Parsons Street, is the first of three 2013 HarborWalk public art awards to be completed.
INSIDER gHW ARTWORLD NEWS: New Parsons street signs are being designed and produced by Tricia O’Neill, Signs Unique, of Gloucester. Tricia is currently collaborating with world renowned British born contemporary artist, Matthew Ritchie, on his new mural commission for the Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway’s Dewey Square. We are thrilled for Tricia and grateful she is helping with the gHW. AND Red Sox fans have long seen her sign work there!
INSIDER BLOOMS: Along with James’ wonderful net mural, also look forward to some lighting, a new fence on the west side of the street, and tucked along its edge, an additional patch of gHW butterfly and sustainable gardens with more of Kim Smith’s planting design! You can see the relation of mural/fence/garden spot and more from Kim’s fabulous Good Morning Gloucester posts
The end of September heralds the 12th year of Trails and Sails weekends. This year, the third and final Block Party is timed perfectly with the first Trails and Sails weekend. Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts is thrilled to take part in these weekends.
WALK Parsons Street to experience James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge
Send us your photos!
Leaping © Cruz Ferreras
Thank you, Marty Luster! https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/great-public-art/
Stop into City Hall and cherish our City’s major murals.
Over the 2nd weekend of Trails and Sails, July 27-29th, the Committee for the Arts is also hosting 3 special days of mural celebration and recognition! Art conservator, Peter Williams, who recently completed the first phase of mural restoration at City Hall, will be speaking about restoration and Charles Allan Winter on Friday September 27 at 7PM in City Hall. Mark your calendars for his lecture: “A Restorer’s Intimate View of Paintings and Murals by Charles Allan Winter”. Sign up too for guided tours Saturday and Sunday by Gloucester artist, historian, scholar, independent curator, adjunct professor, and former Committee for the Arts member, Susan Erony!
For more information on the restoration and photos see GMG posts including https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-gloucester-committee-for-the-arts-announces-13200-in-new-private-donation/
VIDEO: Cape Ann TV’s Maureen Aylward interviews TimeBank co-founder Nancy Goodman & Chamber CEO Robert Heidt about Earth Day Eco-Trip
This just in from Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV. Watch the interview below the news release:
Celebrate Earth Day and discover what Gloucester businesses are doing to go green on the Eco-Trip Scavenger Hunt on April 20 at 12:30 p.m. On the Eco-Trip you’ll solve crossword puzzles and mazes, get exercise walking to eight downtown businesses, shop at the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, win prizes from local merchants, and socialize over refreshments at Latitude 43. We can’t think of a better way to spend Earth Day.
When you register to play at capeanntimebank.org, you’ll get a free copy of “Share the Ocean” by Michael Crocker. Before April 13 it’s $10 to play solo or on a team. After that, it’s $15. So register early!
Here Nancy Goodman, co-founder of the TimeBank, Robert Heidt, chief executive officer of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Maureen Aylward of Cape Ann TV talk about the Eco-Trip.
See, If You Weren’t on Twitter You Wouldn’t Have Found Out That Cape Ann Coffees Is Giving Away Coffee For 10 cents Tomorrow
To Celebrate 10 years In Business!
Cape Ann Coffees has Been In Business for 10 Years???? Holy Crap Time Is Flying!
The Chamber Tweets-
10 YEARS IN BUSINESS !!
Tuesday, January 29th marks ten years in business for
Cape Ann Coffees. We are celebrating by selling any size
Brewed Coffee for one dime. Ten years — Ten cents
Thank you for supporting Cape Ann Coffees
Here’s the tweet-
Congrat to Rick & Dorthe Noonan!!! fb.me/UD4U4rjx
— Cape Ann Chamber (@CapeAnnChamber) January 28, 2013
EJ and Paul really came through with the slides for my presentation. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude for helping make Ed’s night special.
Some Photos From Ed’s Coronation As President of The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors
You know normally I’d start out a photo montage mostly about Ed with a photo of Ed but The Photo of The Night Was of None Other Than New Chamber CEO Robert Heidt Getting His Groove On-
Robert’s just going for it right here! Feelin’ It! The Music Last Night From Henri Smith to the Runaround Was Easily The Best Music Ever Played At Any Chamber Event I’ve attended! Killed It!
aaaand then there’s all the rest of the pictures Felicia took…
Sorry we didn’t have more photos from the event, we didn’t bring out the good camera and we were having too much fun dancin!
Cape Ann Winter Birding
Did you know there are more birds on Cape Ann in the winter than there are
in the summer? A great opportunity to see and photograph them is coming up
at the Chamber’s Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, February 1-3. It will be
headquartered at the Elks’ on the backshore, itself a good place to see
birds. There’ll be lectures and exhibitions, but there are also Saturday bus
trips with expert guides to all the best vantage points on the Cape to see
birds like the harlequin ducks on the logo. On Sunday morning (weather
permitting) there’ll be a boat trip offshore to see pelagic birds such as
eiders and gannets. Serious birders will get a chance to add to their life
lists, novices will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about, with
knowledgeable help. It’s great for kids too, very inexpensive, and all
wrapped up before the Super Bowl starts, (as if anyone cares anymore.) More
info is available at the Chamber website
From Dora Tevan, Ethnic Arts Center-
MARITIME GLOUCESTER FEBRUARY VACATION PLANNING
February Vacation Programming
Our educators have put together a series of fun and informative programs for February school vacation.
All programs are $20 each for non-members, $15 for members. Sign up for all programs in a session and receive a 20% discount (one program for free!). Visit our website for more information or to register.
When: February 18-22, 2013
Where: Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
FEBRUARY — You’ve Got to Love the 2013 Winter Lecture Series
Those dark cold days of February make some of us want to hibernate. Maritime Gloucester is pleased to provide a good reason to come out of your cave at least once a week. Thursday nights, to be more specific.
February events focus on our love affair with Cape Ann and Gloucester Harbor. The first two events are:
February 7th: "Sea Monsters of Cape Ann: A Diver Tells All"
presented by Phil Colarusso, Ph.D. Through pictures, video and narrative, Phil describes what is going on beneath of the surface.
February 14th: "A Birthday Party for Stubby the Cat"
A Special Fun Event for Stubby and anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting this independent Harbor Loop cat. Stay tuned for more details.
Watch here or check our website for updates to the full listing of speakers and events.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and we recommend early arrival.
Tickets for the show can be purchased online through CACC, or at the event if seats are still available.
When: Sunday, January 27th, 6:00 pm
Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street, Gloucester
BREAKING NEWS: Charles Neville & Henri Smith Back in Beverly Fri, Feb 8 for a Mardi Gras Concert to benefit Y TEENS
JUST ANNOUNCED: YOU HEARD IT FIRST ON GMG
A rare opportunity to see Grammy-winning Charles Neville with Henri Smith and an 8 piece band at the historic Larcom Theatre. With its elegant horseshoe balcony, antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings, the Larcom is a jewel practically in our own back yard. Don’t miss it, get tickets NOW!
You could get yourself in the mood by going to see Our Boy Ed get sworn in as the next Chamber President at Cruiseport this Saturday — Henri Smith & Runaround will provide music and Our Boy Joey will be the MC!
And there’s plenty of great live music all week long too — just to get you in the mood. See the week’s live music schedule here.
Save Your Appetite- Cape Ann Restaurant Week Starts Sunday! Prix Fixe Three Course Dinners For $33.12 or $25.12
Peter Webber writes-
Good day. I am writing today to remind everyone that the next major cruise ship of the season will be arriving in Gloucester Harbor on this coming Sunday, September 16: Holland America’s cruise ship the ms Eurodam, with a capacity of 2104 passengers. Once again the Chamber will be working together with the city of Gloucester’s volunteer welcoming committee and CATA to welcome and guide Eurodam’s passengers as they disembark and arrive at the Cruiseport terminal. The first tenders carrying passengers from the ship are expected to arrive at Cruiseport at approximately 9:00 am Sunday. Many will board motor coaches for planned excursions to various locations, while many others will be guided to CATA trolleys and buses for transportation to downtown Gloucester and Rockport.
Please note the attached “Welcome Eurodam Passengers” flyer, which we encourage you to print and post at your place of business to help give the Eurodam passengers a hearty Cape Ann welcome. I have also attached a flyer featuring several upcoming Chamber and community events scheduled for September and October, including next Tuesday’s (September 18) sales seminar with author Marc Wayshak at the Elks at Bass Rocks, beginning with check-in at 7:30 am. Please contact the Chamber today to reserve your place. Best regards. Peter
This from The Cape Ann Chamber’s Twitter Feed
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More positive national media coverage for Gloucester: Coastal Living has a great article on Gloucester in next month’s issue. The article calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town" and says Gloucester has a "rare combination of urban spirit and historic charm."
"An enthusiastic nightlife scene featuring live theater and local bands is bolstered by a restaurant renaissance," the article says about our city.
Great job by you and local Remax Realtor (and GoodMorningGloucester contributor) Kenny MacCarthy for talking with the reporter and providing colorful quotes in the story.
Matter Communications started talking with Coastal Living, one of the top lifestyle and travel magazines, about Gloucester two years ago so it’s nice to see such a positive story finally come out! Matter works with the Cape Ann Chamber and local businesses to put the good word out about what a great place Gloucester is to live, work and visit.
Readers can see the Coastal Living story here: http://capeannchamber.com/Tourism/Coastal%20Living.pdf
Angela Cook owns Oasis in Rockport check her out here
Here are some photos from the Cape Ann Chamber Auction, held July 19th at The Essex Room at Woodman’s