Greetings from the open road. I am currently writing this month’s column from the backseat of a vehicle while crisscrossing the state on a Marketing Grant Awardee Road trip. This road trip is something we started a couple years ago as a way to learn more about each awarded project, but also as a way to help bring attention to our grant programs. This particular road trip, we are traveling to 22 different communities covering about 1,200 miles in four days. And to round out our week, we also fit in some time in Wichita to attend a portion of our annual Media Event.
I will be honest it has been an exhausting week. Kansas is a big state, and weeks like this remind me of that fact. Yet, this week has also reminded me of the diverse landscapes and beauty of our state. How lucky we are to call this place home.
But, above all, this week has inspired me and rekindled my motivation. The creativity and excitement I witnessed from our six regions representatives at the Media Event was impressive. Multiple members of the media that were in attendance made comments about the passion for Kansas they felt in the room. And similarly, while visiting the 22 communities who received Marketing Grant awards, I was so motivated by the passion exhibited from each community. And not just for the awarded project itself, but for their community as a whole. This week served as a poignant reminder of the unwavering commitment and boundless dedication that define the Kansas tourism industry. You all rock.
So thank you all for continually reinvigorating me to keep doing what we do…inspiring travel to and throughout Kansas.. It's a collective effort, and I firmly believe that Kansas stands as a shining example of the finest home one could imagine. Keep up the remarkable work, and together, we'll reach for the stars.
To The Stars,