Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus invites the community to join us on Thursday, May 9, 2024, 12:00 to 1:00 pm for: Inspiring Travel and Strengthening a Sustainable Coastal Economy.

This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of Curry Campus and will be held in the Community Room on Southwestern’s Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway (off Highway 101), Brookings. Bring a friend and a brown bag lunch.

Want to learn more about travel and tourism in Curry County? Stacey Reynolds and Miranda Plagge both play big roles in what’s happening in Curry County now and in the future. Their talk promises to be one filled with stories and strategies.

Stacey Reynolds works as the Global Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). They are a Regional Destination Management Organization for the entire Oregon Coast.

The tourism industry is one of the leading economic drivers on the Oregon Coast. OCVA’s mission is to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.

The OCVA is the official Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) for the entire Oregon Coast as designated by the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon).

OCVA has the honor of working with coastal communities to align partnerships, destination development projects, and destination marketing with the vision of creating “a coastal utopia for all.” This includes coastal stakeholders, new and returning visitors, and the natural resources that make these coveted experiences so magical.

Stacey Reynolds was born in Portland, Oregon but raised in North Dakota. Stacey knew from an early age she’d return to Oregon. The Oregon Coast captured her twelve-year-old heart while on a family vacation during a stormy Thanksgiving, and she vowed to move here someday. Now, as a 15-year resident of the coast, her love for The People’s Coast still runs deep.

Stacey attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she studied graphic communications with an art minor. Stacey has used her graphic design skills to market companies of all sizes, including her own small business on the Oregon Coast. Through this experience, she found a passion for building and promoting small community-oriented businesses. She is deeply excited to bring her passion and skills to the OCVA team. Her past projects with OCVA include developing the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail and designing communication pieces for the Oregon Ocean Cluster Initiative.

Stacey lives in Brookings with her son and enjoys hiking the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, surfing, swimming, and exploring the local rivers.

Miranda Plagge is the Economic Development Administrator for Curry County.  She actively promotes the expansion of the tourism industry on the South Coast, while also expanding her responsibilities to include more comprehensive economic endeavors.

Her professional experience prior to Curry County ranged from the picturesque landscapes of Colorado to the dynamic culture of New Mexico. Miranda pursued a Bachelor of Science in Creative Media at New Mexico State University while minoring in Business Administration. Miranda also completed a certificate in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Miranda supports the arts and community development. With her past positions as President of the Ellensburg Theatre Company and Board of Director for Travel Southern Oregon Coast, she continues to promote sustainable development and cultural vitality.

“I lead one of Oregon’s hottest destinations on the southern Oregon coastline. I’m extremely passionate about telling the stories of this region including the businesses that make up this industry. The businesses we support gravitate to my office for direction in social media engagement and strategy. We help educate businesses on the possibilities of scaling up with consistent social media marketing, all while promoting the County with traditional and non-traditional media buys. When I’m not developing marketing strategies, I love traveling – road trips are my absolute favorite! I sit on the Board of Directors for Gold Beach Mainstreet, Rogue Playhouse, and South Coast Oregon Film Festival. I also try to keep up with 15 nieces and nephews throughout the year.”


Stay tuned for upcoming talks in our speaker series. For more information contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667.



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