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Visitor's bureau welcomes new director

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

It’s a new year and Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau has welcomed a new executive director.

Jessica Grossman, 30, began her duties as executive director Nov. 13. She replaces Tina Bobilya.

“I’m excited to take on this position and previously worked in Kendallville as executive director of Region 3A,” Grossman said.

Region 3A is an agency that assists small towns with grant writing for community and economic development, transportation and housing.

“The main focus of the visitor’s bureau is to attract new businesses to Huntington County by marketing the resources and businesses we have in the community,” Grossman said.

She said the summertime is the convention bureau’s busy time with activities, camping and hiking.

Grossman noted tourism is a large economic driver in the community, and the money that comes in through tourism makes a large impact.

“We have so many vibrant downtowns in the county and not just in the city which is unique, as well as local businesses,” Grossman said.

Grossman graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010 with a double major in political science and telecommunications. She moved to Huntington in 2011.

Grossman is married to Jason and they have a daughter Gracie, 13.

There are a number of 2018 festivals and events planned including Huntington Heritage Days June 20 to 24; JeFFFest in downtown Huntington June 24; Splash on the Wabash July 7 at Forks of the Wabash; Huntington County 4-H Fair July 13 to 27; and Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Sept. 22 and 23.

Look for the visitors bureau on Facebook at Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau. The page provides a listing of upcoming events.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 407 N. Jefferson St.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who visit can pick up pamphlets about area events and sites.