The Indiana County Tourist Bureau is networking with other counties on Route 422 from Ohio into Indiana County, hoping that by working together they can bring more visitors here, executive director Penny Perman told the White Township supervisors Wednesday evening.
“It’s a better use of our dollars,” she said.
Analytics show that most of the bureau’s website traffic comes from Ohio, Perman explained, so they are focusing on bringing people in from there.
Perman attended the supervisors’ meeting to highlight the work the tourist bureau does for the county and for member organizations (the S&T Bank Arena is a member). She told them that arena events would be highlighted, that the bureau would help disseminate fliers and that the arena’s amenities are highlighted in their directory.
“Any time you have an event, then you should let us know,” she said.
The bureau is also providing information and Indiana County items for a booth township supervisor Gail McCauley will have at the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors conference.
“I didn’t know they did all that,” McCauley said, explaining why she asked Perman to attend the meeting. She said she first went to Perman after agreeing to run the booth, and that she had a number of ideas to help McCauley prepare.
In other business, township manager Milt Lady is looking for volunteers for a stream cleanup effort Aug. 2 and 3. The work will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 and continue until 6 p.m., then begin again at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 through noon. Volunteers should gather at the overflow parking lot at the Indiana Mall.
And the supervisors voted to approve a contract renewal with UPMC insurance, including a 1.5 percent increase in rates to reach $538.84 for an individual and $1,503.35 for the family rate. Lady said the increase would have been higher, but that 2 percent was shaved off when they agreed to move to an all-electronic system.