Nov. 18, 2019

BELLE VERNON – In an effort to promote revitalization through recreation, Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) will be hosting a travel and tourism summit on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the California University Convocation Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with doors opening at 8 a.m.

“In terms of a travel and tourism destination point, the 49th District is part of a five-county region,” said Cook. “Our respective areas have a lot to offer. The purpose of this event is to get together with interested stakeholders and find out how we can work together regionally and identify the attractions, assets and activities of our region.”

The summit will feature the Washington County Heritage Alliance, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other vendors and stakeholders.

“I believe our surrounding counties and communities should come together and discuss a plan on how we can work together regionally to achieve our goals and objectives,” continued Cook, who serves as member secretary of the House Travel and Tourism Committee.

Cook has reached out to other very successful efforts across the state and invited them to participate by sharing their experiences, structures and future plans. He hopes the summit will bring forth better communication and collaboration between counties, communities and stakeholders in terms of working together regionally and establishing a Regional Events Calendar and holding annual planning meetings each year.

For more information and to RSVP, residents are encouraged to call Cook’s district office at 724-929-2660 or by visiting

Representative Bud Cook
49th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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