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Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:14

Foundation's Collaborate to support Tourism in Michigan's Thumb

(AREA) -- The Community Foundations in St. Clair County and Sanilac County, along with the Huron County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanilac Tourism Association, are collaborating for the first time via a new effort to promote tourism in Michigan's Thumb Region. The four organizations have been holding informal meetings among their staff for more than a year and discussing a wide range of issues, opportunities and challenges common to the three counties who make up the shoreline of the Thumb. The groups call themselves the Thumb Area Foundation Collaborative and have chosen a touch screen tourism kiosk program as their first project. The Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is working with MDOT to install four 22-inch touch screen kiosks in St. Clair County this fall. There are plans to purchase and install up to five smaller tabletop versions suitable for restaurants, cafes and local visitor centers and one kiosk to be installed at the Revolution Café in Harbor Beach, and one each in Port Sanilac and Lexington. The budget for the 2-year pilot project is approximately $12,000 with hopes of having the kiosks installed by Thanksgiving.