Symposium to Discuss Tourism at St. Croix-Mississippi Confluence

November 8th conference will cover topics about using the arts and nature to promote the region.




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Via the Friends of Freedom Park:

great rivers confluenceRegistration is now available for the fifth Great Rivers Confluence Project “Arts, Buildings, and Community Connections: Packaging the Confluence for Tourism” Symposium scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8th from 8 am to 4 pm at the Historic Onion Grille in downtown Hastings! This Symposium will address the process of using arts and nature to enhance community development and tourism.

Participants will hear development success stories plus learn about Hastings efforts to renovate an old factory into a combined public and art space. The Black Dirt Theater will entertain during lunch. The afternoon program is geared toward people interested in learning about creatively packaging Confluence assets to foster economic development. This is an opportunity to build partnerships and business arrangements between arts, culture, nature, and recreational organizations.

The Great Rivers Confluence Project is a group of partner organizations whose mission is: To foster partnerships and connections across national, state and local levels, and to create and articulate a common vision of education, conservation and recreation at the confluence area of the Mississippi and St Croix Rivers. The full day workshop includes lunch for only $35. Learn more and register at or call Jessica at 715-262-0104.

The Symposium is the fifth in a series designed specifically for stakeholders—state, city or county officials and employees, tourism professionals, Chambers of Commerce, non- profits, state and federal agencies, and business associations—anyone who wants to learn how:

  • Old buildings can be rehabilitated to foster economic development as Artspace has done before
  • New trails under development will link Confluence Communities
  • River town arts and trail initiatives enhance communities
  • Cooperative promotion packaging among businesses, artists, and nature lovers across rivers and jurisdictions enhances economics for everyone
  • Tourism brings dollars

See the agenda and more in the conference brochure.


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