Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Home for Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau...for Now

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM

While the Boise City Council considers paying $10,000 for mediation services between the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, the BCVB is moving into new digs.

John May, manager of the Owyhee Plaza Hotel, told Citydesk that he's offered office space rent free to the bureau, for now. Ten staff members will receive the final paychecks Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the wake of GBAD cutting off funding in a 3-2 vote. To add insult to injury, GBAD sent a letter to BCVB to move out of its long-time headquarters on Front Street.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, citing the importance of BCVB to the city's economy, is offering to pay for mediation services to bring the parties back together, but he needs council approval. That item is on Tuesday afternoon's work session agenda.

The BCVB will be relying on a $328,000 operating grant from the Idaho Travel Council, but none of the funds can be used for salaries. In the meantime, staff say they'll be working for free.

May tells Citydesk that the 2500-square-foot space at the Owyhee was currently unoccupied, and he offered to host the BCVB until the space is leased. May says the bureau staff was still unpacking and getting organized on Tuesday morning.

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