NET STOR 2019 At a Glance

Program At A Glance:
Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference-STOR 2019
Oct 8-11, 2018  – Astoria Oregon

Theme:– Our future Is connected- Using the Triple Bottom Line framework to strengthen our connections. (Environment, Economics, Social )

REGISTRATION: Registration will be Activated in March with a link here. Early Bird Rate: $395, Regular Rate: $445

Presented by: the National Extension & Sea Grant Tourism Design Team

Funding by:

  • Western Rural Development Center
  • Oregon Sea Grant

Logistics: Arrive Monday -Leave Friday (or stay to travel)

Hotel-Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Astoria

Room Block Name: Net Conference
Rates: City View: $110.00 + tax
River View $135.00 + tax

Primary Airport: Portland, OR (PDX)


Transportation: Rental Car, Tram, Bus, Town Car (Shuttle may also be an option) More details to come. PDX to Astoria is about 100 miles, 1 hour-46 minute drive

Sub themes –
1) Using Trail Concepts for Agritourism and Local foods/seafood.
2) Coastal Tourism: Increasing Resident Benefits & Visitor Management through Enhanced Training and  Support of Guided Tour Experiences.

Conference Summary

  1. Opening Speakers
    • Shelby Walker, Miles Phillips & Frank Burris
    • Astoria Mayor: Bruce Jones
    • Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce David Reid
    • Maritime Museum/Local History – Mac Burns
  2. 3 Keynote Speakers/Panelists
    • Don Albrecht – Director Western Rural Development Center USDA
    • Todd Davidson – CEO Travel Oregon
    • Nan Marchand  Beauvois – US Travel
  3. Invited Speakers (Extension or Other)
    • Tim O’Cconnell, National Contact for Outdoor Recreation USDA
    • Julie Miller – Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network
    • David Gomberg – Central Coast State Rep District 10,  Shelby Walker Director Oregon Sea Grant,
    • Kevin Leahy Clatsop Economic Development
    • Rep Betsy Johnson Oregon State Senate representing the 16th Senate District, which includes the cities of Tillamook, Astoria, St. Helens, and Seaside.
    • Stephen Hatfield Travel Oregon (Guide training and benefits)
    • Dan Moore Pandion Consulting (Guide training and benefits- ATTA)
    • Brent Elrod NIFA
  1. 33 Peer Reviewed Presentations
  2. 1 Author Attended Peer Reviewed Poster Session (Additional Display Time in GS Room) Tuesday evening
  3. National Sea Grant Tourism Team – Annual Meeting
  4. Field Workshops -Tuesday all day and 12-2:30 Thursday Oct 10
  1. MEALS Included with Registration: 0 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 3 Social Hours


 ARRIVAL DAY – Day 1 Tuesday Oct 8, 2019

 FYI- NET STOR Follows Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA)  Summit Oct 7-8, 2019 Garibaldi, OR (1 hour: 20 minutes south) Attendance is welcome, separate registration required.

Tuesday Oct 8

– Field Workshops – Site Visits all day and half day.

Field Workshops/Tours are a la carte, i.e. separate fee per trip. Registration will be directly with vendors. Details will be posted when registration opens in March

  1. Underground Astoria Walking Tour
  2. Above Ground Astoria Walking Tour
  3. High Life – Zip Line Adventures
  4. Coastal Excursion-Marine Protected Area – Haystack Rock/Cannon Beach
  5. Additional options are available also. See Astoria COC Web Site:
    1. Charter Salmon Fishing
    2. Lewis & Clark National Monument
    3. Brew Pub Tour

4:30pm-6:30pm Check In, Set up Posters & Social

Local representatives of the community to give 3-5 minute stories of Astoria and the role of tourism and outdoor recreation throughout.

Dinner on your own-  Options will be provided to help people connect with each other while exploring town.


FULL DAY 2 Wednesday Oct 9, 2019

 – Extension Industry/Community Presentations to Industry/Community…Extension

Wednesday Oct 9

8am-9am Check in

9am -10:15pm Welcome

  • Shelby Walker, Miles Phillips & Frank Burris – Triple Bottom Line
  • COC  Importance of Tourism in Astoria-Warrenton area
  • Maritime Museum.. History of Astoria and its Tourism – Mac Burns

10:15 Break

10:30am-12 Keynote Presentations 30 min each then Panel Q&A  – Cynthia Messer Moderator Industry

Triple bottom line from industry perspective…

    • Todd Davidson – CEO Travel Oregon – Sustainable Destination Management – Rural Studios
    • Nan Marchand  Beauvois – US Travel  – Economics

12:00-1:00  LUNCH (Calin Obrien – Oregon State Office of Outdoor Rec) , Lee Davis (OSU Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative) (15 minutes each)


Local EDC Kevin Leahy – Astoria Story and the potential of Extension

Oak Ridge – Outdoor Recreation as Community Development – Mtn Biking etc

2-3  Invited Speakers – Agency Collaboration Opportunities for Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

  • Tim O’connell 20
  • Brent Elrod NIFA 20
  • Don Albrecht – 20 Director Western Rural Development Center USDA – Tourism as part of USDA and Environmental Sustainability – Funding

3-4 – Extension/Entrepreneurship and Innovation Stories –  Concurrent Sessions, 3- 15 minute talks  per room (3 breakout rooms)  9 speakers
Have these sessions be specific themes…practical case studies, business owners

4-5 , General Session Invited Speaker/s (1-2)  agency view

  • David Gomberg State Rep
  • Betsy Johnson – State Representative
  • Mayor Bruce Jones – what constituents think of tourism and desired role of  extension tourism agents

5-5:30    Regional Rural Tourism Success Story – Julie Miller OSCRTN/TSOC

5:30-6:30 Open Time

6:30-8:00 Opening Dinner & Poster Session – local foods on multiple tables….

  • Poster Session Event – Authors in Attendance
    _ Poster Awards

FULL DAY 3  Thursday Oct 10, 2019

Thursday Oct 10 –Presentations targeting Extension and Industry/Community –

9am -10:00pm Stephen Hatfield, Dan Moore Importance of  Guides/Tour Operators and Training

10 Network

1030-12 – Concurrent Sessions 4 15 minute talks  per room (3 breakout rooms) 12 speakers

12:00-2:30 Walking Tours with Lunch  – Lunch on the town (pay on your own) field workshop tours – Commercial or Extension led tours to Experience Astoria and how Tourism Helped Astoria recover and thrive….Theme: Examine how as NET we provide training, research, case studies to help our own clients.

2:30pm- 3:30pm –           Concurrent Sessions 3 15 minute talks  per room (3 breakout rooms) 6 speakers,

SEA GRANT ANNUAL MTG 230-430pm (One break out room)

3:30pm-4:30pm                Concurrent Sessions 3 15 minute talks  per room (3 breakout rooms) 6 speakers,

4:30-5:30                             Formal Closing  Session – Integration of Tourism Vision for Network Sea Grant and Land Grant

6pm       Dinner – On your own and In Town Activities – See Suggestions

Dine  around option- pre planned restaurants as destinations for people to meet!!!

Friday – Travel Day, Oct 11, 2019

8:00am (Or as you arrange with your collaborators)  Networking Breakfast at Hotel – Time to hold meetings to discuss future collaborations.

Conclude & Travel!

Call For Proposals Link

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