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Search for tourism board administrator extended
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Sarah Cantrell

Lack of interest, or a perception of it, has led to a deadline extension in the search for an administrator to oversee McMinnville Tourism Development Board activities. 

TDB members posted a request for proposals on June 28 to the city of McMinnville website seeking administration to oversee the board’s endeavors. The contract position has a bid limit not to exceed $30,000 and a deadline of July 19 at 2 p.m. to submit bids. 

Members met Monday and discussed extending the deadline to allow more time for interested parties to submit proposals, due to none being received with one week remaining to apply.

“You might get a flood of applicants by July 19, but you might not,” said TDB member Chad McGee.

TDB chair Sarah Cantrell added, “That’s what the city said. Depending on the type of proposal or contract you’re bidding out, there are folks who will wait until the last minute. If the board feels like it’s best for us to extend it, I feel like we should just go ahead and extend it.”

The RFP was published in the Southern Standard on July 11 and is set to run again July 18. 

Chamber president Don Vizi questioned the last-minute notice in the newspaper. 

“If it wasn’t put out publically in the newspaper until July 11, I don’t know if that gives people enough time to respond to it,” said Vizi. “I’m just looking at the time frame.”

Tourism Development Board members unanimously approved extending the deadline by three weeks to Aug. 8. The next meeting of the board is Aug. 9. A third run in the newspaper was also approved for July 25.