Albion, IN- Visit Noble County, recently relocated to the county seat in Albion, has reopened. The local tourism bureau is now actively helping tourism partners get “back on track”. Many of Noble County’s tourism assets feature outdoor recreation opportunities, making it a great destination for visitors and residents to get out and enjoy summer while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Last October, the Visit Noble County board of directors approved the relocation of the tourism bureau’s office from the historic Sower Farmhouse in Rome City to the more central location in a building they now share with the Noble County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The move has enabled more frequent and meaningful collaborations in the organizations’ shared mission to promote the assets of Noble County. The colocation was completed in early March.
“I am glad to complete this move and to now be located in the county seat,” said Emily Schneider, executive director for Visit Noble County. “From here, we are able to better serve tourism partners as they reopen their doors.”
Noble County’s tourism industry has begun to bounce back from COVID-19 with several partners beginning to reopen, most with some restrictions and guidelines. Partners like Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, and the Strand Theatre are welcoming back visitors.
“It is encouraged that you practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently while enjoying our many tourist destinations”, Schneider cautioned.
An extended list of reopening plans, event cancelations, and what the tourism industry is doing to help keep visitors safe is published on Visit Noble County’s website.
Visit Noble County and the EDC are eager to provide county-wide resources to small businesses, including many that make up Noble County’s tourism industry. Curing COVID-19, these resources have included the SHOPNoble small business directory encouraging people to shop local and a Noble County Micro-Grant opportunity to help business owners with declined revenues due to the pandemic.
“We are excited to be collaborating more closely with Visit Noble County now that we share offices. We believe that, by working together, we can provide better services to help Noble County thrive!”, said Gary Gatman, executive director of the EDC.
Offices are located at 110 S. Orange St. in Albion. Use the south entrance near the public parking lot for Visit Noble County and the main west entrance on Orange Street (State Road 9) for the EDC. Remodeling work is expected to begin soon on a shared meeting, training and conference room with more services coming soon to aid the local business community.
For more information contact Visit Noble County at (260) 636-3602 or the EDC at (260) 636-3800. Micro-Grant information is also available at www.noblecountyedc.com. To add your small business to the SHOPNoble directory, visit www.shopnoblein.com for instructions. Participation is free.
About Visit Noble County
The Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau strives to promote tourism by connecting partners and events, developing unique assets and enriching visitors’ experiences in a way that contributes to economic growth.
Noble County Economic Development Corporation exists to provide coordinated economic development resources promoting the assets of Noble County.