Tourism Advisory Board


Council Liaison: Casi Tomarchio

Current Members:

Tyler Buck (Chair) 5/15/2017 5/15/2020
William Watson 8/20/2018 8/20/2021
Susan M. Deeney 8/6/2018 8/6/2021
Ronald Browning 6/5/2017 6/5/2020
Bethany Baker 9/6/2016 9/6/2019
Jeff Andrews 9/6/2016 9/6/2019
Christy Silverstein 8/20/2018 8/20/2021

§ 25-34. Creation.

The Havre de Grace Tourism Advisory Board (hereinafter referred to as the “Advisory Board”) is hereby established.

§ 25-35. Purposes.

A. General purposes. The purpose of the Advisory Board will be to support and encourage the growth and development of the tourism industry of the City of Havre de Grace (hereinafter referred to the “City”) under the guidance and direction of the City Tourism Manager.
B. Powers and duties of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall have the following duties and powers:
(1) To support and encourage the growth and development of tourism in the City;
(2) To review legislation and policy decisions of local, state, and federal agencies in order to identify their impact on tourism in the City;
(3) To assist the City Tourism Manager in the development of various marketing strategies that promote tourist attractions and business activity in the City;
(4) To share issues and opportunities within its representative industry segment while communicating information regarding tourism development back to the industry; this includes making regular reports at respective meetings as appropriate;
(5) To assist in the identification of funding and human resources to support tourism development functions; and
(6) To serve on committees of the Advisory Board as needed.
C. Additional powers and duties of Chairperson of the Advisory Board. The chairperson of the Advisory Board (hereinafter referred to as the “Chair”) shall have the following additional duties and powers:
(1) To serve as spokesperson for the Advisory Board;
(2) To preside over meetings of the Advisory Board;
(3) To be available to assist and advise the City Tourism Manager as needed; and

(4) To appoint committees from within the Advisory Board as needed to assist the City Tourism Manager.

§ 25-36. Organization and members.

A. The Advisory Board shall have no fewer than seven and no more than 15 appointed members (hereinafter referred to as a “member” or “members”). The Advisory Board membership may include:
(1) One member representing the Board of Directors of the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce;
(2) One member representing the Havre de Grace museums;
[Amended 6-4-2018 by Ord. No. 1004] (3) One member representing the lodging segment (hotel, motel, or bed-and-breakfast) of the Havre de Grace tourism industry; [Amended 6-4-2018 by Ord. No. 1004] (4) One member representing the food/beverage segment of the Havre de Grace tourism industry;
(5) One member representing the retail segment of the Havre de Grace tourism industry;
(6) One member representing the outdoor recreation segment of the Havre de Grace tourism industry;
(7) One member representing the tour operators of the Havre de Grace tourism industry;
(8) Four at-large citizen members; [Amended 10-20-2008 by Ord. No. 900] (9) One member representing the Havre de Grace City Council, who shall serve as an ex-officio member and liaison to the City Council;
(10) One member who shall be the individual responsible for economic development and business retention for the City of Havre de Grace, who shall serve as an ex-officio member;
(11) One member representing the Harford County Economic Development Department, who shall serve as an ex-officio member; [Amended 10-20-2008 by Ord. No. 900]

(12) One member representing the Maryland Office of Tourism, who shall serve as an at-large member; and [Amended 10-20-2008 by Ord. No. 900] (13) One member representing the arts and culture sector.
[Added 6-4-2018 by Ord. No. 1004] B. The officers of the Advisory Board shall consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Secretary. The officers shall be elected annually by the voting members of the Advisory Board. All candidates for office will be nominated each April by the Advisory Board members, and elections will take place at the first meeting in June of each year. The newly elected officers will take office during the July meeting of the Advisory Board and will serve until the last day of June in the following year.

§ 25-37. Appointment of members.

A. Voting members. The Mayor shall, with the consent of the City Council, appoint all voting members of the Advisory Board from the nominations made and forwarded to the Mayor from the City Tourism Manager. The individual being proposed for such appointment must complete an application as provided by the City. Any member of the Advisory Board may at any time submit the name and completed application of an individual for nomination to the Advisory Board as long as there exists an opening or there is a member of the Advisory Board who may be unable to complete his or her membership term. The Advisory Board shall vote on the nomination and, if approved, forward the nomination to the City Tourism Manager for submission to the Mayor.
B. Ex-officio members. The Mayor and City Council shall appoint a member of the City Council as a liaison member in June of each year for a one-year term. Further, the Mayor and City Council shall appoint the individual member, or staff member, responsible for economic development and business retention for the City for an unspecified term. Ex-officio members from the Maryland Office of Tourism and Harford County Tourism Council shall be nominated by members of the Advisory Board at the recommendation of the City Tourism Manager and approved by the Mayor and City Council.
C. Termination of membership. The membership of any member on the Advisory Board shall be automatically terminated 90 days after such member’s absence is unexcused for three consecutive meetings, or after he or she misses 50% of the meetings in a calendar year, unless the Chair, before the expiration of such ninety-day period, has acted favorably on such member’s petition to relieve him or her of loss of membership provided herein.

§ 25-38. Term of membership.

Members of the Advisory Board will serve a term of three years from time of appointment by the Mayor and City Council. The names of those members of the Advisory Board whose terms are to expire and who desire reappointment shall be submitted by the Chair to the City Tourism Manager, who shall forward them to the Mayor and City Council for consideration for reappointment for another three-year term.

§ 25-39. Voting by members.

A. Only those members of the Advisory Board may vote on matters coming before the Advisory Board as well as during election of the Chair, Vice Chair, or Secretary. Any member of the Advisory Board serving as an ex-officio member has the rights and privileges as all members of the Advisory Board but may not vote on any matters coming before the Advisory Board or in any elections held by the Advisory Board.
B. Subcommittee(s), made up of members of the Advisory Board, shall be appointed by the Chair. Subcommittees shall be created, as recommended, by the Tourism Manager or by the Advisory Board Chair. The Advisory Board will keep a record of its transactions, findings, determinations, and such records shall be kept public, except as may be otherwise required by law.

§ 25-40. Meetings.

A. General meetings. The Advisory Board shall meet no fewer than eight times a year. Any special meeting shall be at the request of the Chair or the City Tourism Manager. The Advisory Board may meet monthly at a specified time and place.
B. Special meetings. The Chair or the City Tourism Manager shall notify the members as to time, place, and purpose of any such special meeting. For any member, the actual receipt of notice in any manner at least five days in advance of the meeting shall be deemed sufficient notice. Attendance by a member at a special meeting constitutes a waiver of any right to notice.