JOHN DAY - The Grant County Economic Council has launched a fund drive to post "Welcome to Grant County" banners in communities across the county.
The banners feature the silhouette of an elk with mountains, a stream and a leaping fish.
The banners will be given to communities from Monument to Seneca and Dayville to Prairie City to help show travelers and guests they are in friendly country.
The Economic Council is seeking $2,000 in contributions by the end of the year to support the project. The Economic Council has become a legal nonprofit organization so contributions are tax deductible.
Donations can be by check, made out to Grant County Economic Council. They can be mailed to GCEC, PO Box 837, John Day, OR 97845 or dropped off for the council at the Blue Mountain Eagle office in John Day.
The banner project is the latest effort by the all-volunteer council to improve the local economy. Organizers say increasing tourism puts more money into local businesses, from motels and restaurants to gas stations and restaurants. Research shows that the more welcoming a community appears, the more people are likely to stop and stay.
The Economic Council board includes Art Andrews, Bob Houser, treasurer Gary Delaney, Robert Waltenburg, Melissa Galbreath, Mytchell Mead and president Les Zaitz.
For more information, call Zaitz at 541-421-3031 or email the council at email@example.com.