The St. Clair Travel & Tourism Office was established in January 2000 with Founding members: Robert Swickard, Diana Swickard, Dale Diddle, Janet Kater, and Bert Fisher to promote tourism in our area. This group wanted to create an event to draw visitors to St. Clair Township and that vision resulted in the creation of the Annual Fireworks Display in Calcutta in 2002. This event has since grown and draws approximately 12,000 to 14,000 visitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Fireworks are synchronized to music.
The Tourism Office is fully funded by an Excise Lodging Tax made possible by Quality Inn in Calcutta. An Office was opened in the St. Clair Township Administration Building in March of 2005 and Debbie Koffel was named as Executive Director in 2014. The current Board includes Dale Diddle, President; Paul Metrovich, Vice President; Diana Swickard, Treasurer; Debbie Koffel, Secretary; and At-Large Directors, Lori Kline, Bob Swickard, Jim Hall, Jim Sabatini, Darlene Naukam, Lee Rice, Bob Wines and Mike Sigler.
The Tourism bureau’s goal in the beginning was to fund the Annual Fireworks Event with the help of local businesses. We have grown since then. We previously sponsored 5K Runs at Beaver Creek State Park and sponsored Holiday “Best Decorated Home” Contests. We have worked with the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center to help promote the great work they do. We have started a Beautification Project that consists of building planting areas around the seven (7) Welcome to St. Clair Township Signs plus we are creating a Visitors Guide to be distributed all over the State of Ohio.
A project the board was very excited about is the new Calcutta Community Park that the Calcutta Rotary built. We have many events planned for the new park. We envision a Christmas Light up Night with local singing groups and a local Farmers Market with a Fall Festival. Entertainment groups there on the weekends, similar to what they do at the Broadway Warf, will be a wonderful addition to our growing community. There are many more possibilities for its use.
To help us grow we joined the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus in 2006. (OACVB) Being a member of this group has given us the opportunity to network with 68 other County Tourism and Visitor and Convention Bureaus. This organization has opened the door to us for Co-Op funding for marketing and advertising, along with letting us advertise our Township in other areas of the state. They also have a lobbyist who spends several days a month visiting with lawmakers to protect the only source of funding we have – the excise lodging tax.
Our office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am until 2:00pm. Stop by and see us. Our phone number is 330-382-1404 and our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org