Workshops to Focus on Expanding Accessible Spaces in E. Oregon

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The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association has launched a program in collaboration with Baker, Morrow, Union, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties to help businesses better serve customers with disabilities.

The program is designed to help businesses broaden their customer base. Along with helping businesses to better welcome customers with disabilities, it will also help those who use strollers and walkers (such as families with young children and seniors).

This program is best suited for local brick-and-mortar businesses and attractions like museums, art centers, gift shops, visitor centers, and other locations that are frequented by tourists. Not one of these entities? There may be an opportunity to participate in the workshop component, space permitting. Join the wait list here.

Program Benefits include:
1. Improved customer experience for a wide range of customers, including those with disabilities, strollers, and mobility aids.
2. Resources to tap into a loyal customer base (that you may not already reach).
3. Marketing tools and promotion: online BluePath listing, shout-out on the BluePath social media, and other social media posts from program organizers.
4. Expert recommendations for improvements (these make great supporting documentation for grant applications!).

Workshops will be offered in the following locations:

Virtual: April 15th at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Open to participants in any of the five counties listed above. Register only for the virtual workshop if none of the other options work you. Link to register.
Boardman: May 7 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Morrow County Riverfront Center. Register here.
Pendleton: May 8 at 2 -6 p.m., Vert Auditorium (Club Room). Register here.

For full program details and program timeline visit the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association at eova.com/accessible-spaces.

For more information, contact Catie at coordinator@visiteasternoregon.com or via text/phone at 541-805-2443.

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