January 22, 2021


An open thank you letter to the Mayor and City Council of Marietta.



Mayor Josh Schlicher
Council Member Michael Scales
Council Member Bill Farnsworth
Council Member Cassidi Shoaf
Council Member Geoff Schenkel
Council Member Mike McCauley
Council Member Bill Gossett

Council Member Susan Boyer

Council President Susan Vessels

January 22, 2021

Dear Mayor and Marietta City Council,

I would like to bring attention to and congratulate our Marietta City Council on the passing of Ordinance 165, which increases the marketing capacity of the Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) and allows support for Marietta Main Street and the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority. We are humbled and fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community of neighbors and dedicated elected officials.

Since 1962 the CVB has worked tirelessly to market Marietta and Washington County as a premier getaway destination, and our efforts have proven to be successful. Though much work is yet to be done, Marietta is one of the top destinations in Ohio’s Appalachian Country and our travel industry employs approximately 1,800 people in Washington County. With the additional revenue from the passing of Ordinance 165, we are certain our communities will reap a return on that investment.


Additionally, the work of Marietta Main Street to maintain a thriving, vibrant commercial district is a key driver of our local tourism economy and supports the innovative aspirations of local entrepreneurs, further sustaining our local workforce and increasing the quality of life residents enjoy. Since 2013, Marietta Main Street has maintained national accreditation for our City and invested their resources in beautification, public art, events, facade and building improvements, small business support, neighborhood resourcing, and much more.


Further, with the additional funds received by the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, the Washington County Innovation Grant will launch and invest matching funds to area employers embracing new technologies that lead to job creation and retention, market expansion, and/or the enhancement of profitability. The Port Authority is dedicated to equipping a quality, local workforce and to increasing job opportunities to residents in Washington County. These funds support their mission, and thus, supports ours, to promote Marietta-Washington County as a desirable destination.

The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been felt across our entire travel industry and we genuinely thank you all as a body for having the wisdom to recognize that now more than ever the community needs to take action, setting in place strong community and economic development initiatives to counteract our losses and put us in a strong position for a quick recovery.


We applaud your forward thinking and recognition that our outdoor recreation opportunities, festivals, attractions, history, shopping, dining, and beautiful places to stay overnight are worth investing in.


The final Marietta City Council vote on January 21st, 2021 was unanimous in favor in the passing of Ordinance 165. This is an incredibly positive outcome – a great start to the new year – and represents a giant step forward for the Marietta community.


With your support, the Marietta-Washington County CVB, Marietta Main Street, and the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority will continue to work tirelessly to meet our missions and together, will increase the quality of life for residents and strengthen our tourism economy.

Warmest Regards,



Deana Clark, Executive Director

Marietta-Washington County CVB








Cristie L. Thomas, Executive Director

Marietta Main Street



Jesse Roush, Executive Director

Marietta-Washington County CVB            241 Front Street, Suite 7, Marietta, Ohio. 45750                  740-373-5178

www.MariettaOhio.org                 #VisitMariettaOH

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority

March 7, 2018

Greetings from the CVB.

This year’s annual meeting of the Marietta-Washington County CVB was well attended and I was excited to have the opportunity to meet many of you for the first time.

We kicked things off with a social time where members enjoyed catching up with each other over light refreshments. We then entered into an informative meeting time where we focused on 2017’s accomplishments as well as upcoming opportunities and challenges for the coming year.

Held for the second consecutive year at the Campus Martius Museum, we were addressed by board president Cheri Seevers, treasurer Mike Iaderosa, and Buddy Butler from the Stonewall Group.

Our featured speaker was Lute Harmon, Jr from Ohio Magazine who presented the city of Marietta the publication’s 2017-2018 Best Hometown award.

We would like to thank the Friends of the Museum and the Lafayette Hotel for helping to sponsor the 2017 annual meeting.

The 2017 Annual Report is included in this email for those of you who were unable to attend.

The CVB bi-monthly board meetings will be held at the Galley and will begin at 5:30pm.

The dates of the meetings are as follows:

May 8

July 10

September 11

November 13


We are excited to welcome new board members, Tamee Norman from the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Sam Skinner from Doughboys Pizzerias and the Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce, and Abby Tanner from Peddler’s Junction and the Belpre Chamber of Commerce.   A full list of board members is included the annual report.

If I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet you in person, I look forward to doing so in the next few months.  In the meantime, please feel free to call the office at any time with questions or concerns.


Warmest Regards-

Deana Clark, Executive Director

Marietta-Washington County CVB

119 Greene STreet

Marietta, Ohio. 45750


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