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go see Corvallis tips

Francesco's Gelato
Delicious Italian treats.

The Vibe Internet Cafe
Stumptown coffee and comfort food in a fun atmosphere.

FireWorks Restaurant and Bar
Enjoy wood-fired cuisine - with live music most nights.

Nirvana Indian Restaurant
Great for lunch or dinner.

Hazelnut Hill
Family farm with tours, tastings, and a gift shop.

dining in Corvallis

Big midweek specials at Big River

events in Corvallis

Alice in Wonderland
February 27 and 28, 2009
Majestic Theatre
Chase the White Rabbit with Alice.

OSU Event Planners' Tradeshow
March 5, 2009 - 11am-2pm
(After the GOSGMP meeting)
Beaver Blvd. Where ideas intersect.

7th Annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival
March 5-8, 2009
Events include storytelling, workshops, an open mike for aspiring storytellers, and late night Bawdy Tales.

daVinci Film Festival
March 6-8, 2009
The Film Festival is a program of daVinci Days, Corvallis' signature summer celebration of art, science, and technology.

CT Achieves First Oregon DMAI Accreditation

Corvallis Tourism is proud to announce that we are the first Oregon Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) in Oregon to achieve Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) accreditation! Our status as a DMAI-accredited DMO ensures our partners that we operate by the highest industry standards.

Access Corvallis

With tight budgets come increased pressure to build meeting attendance, so in tough economic times, it's especially important that everyone can find out about and attend your next event.

One-fifth (54 million!) of us are impaired in some way, but what we all have in common is that everyone wants to fully participate in meetings.

Corvallis properties ensure that your meeting is enjoyable by all:
Making it easy for attendees to tell you what they need during the registration process eliminates unfortunate surprises later on. Assistant Director of OSU Conference Services Donna Williams' strategy is to anticipate potential problems and offer solutions ahead of time. "We are seeing an increase in special food preparation requests," such as non-gluten and vegan meals, she notes. A customizable in-house online registration system captures the information her team needs to provide customized service.

Salbasgeon Suites and Conference Center offers five ADA-compliant sleeping rooms on the first floor in addition to fully accessible meeting spaces to ensure that mobility-impaired attendees can navigate easily, reports Director of Sales Chris Nusbaum.

The Hilton Garden Inn, Oregon State University's conference headquarter hotel, offers "nine ADA accessible rooms, with features ranging from roll-in showers to low peep holes," says Director of Sales Leigha Thomas. Meeting space, parking, and restrooms at her property are all at ground level, which pleases elderly guests as well as mobility device users.

The LaSells Stewart Center at OSU makes auxiliary hearing devices available as a matter of course, and all cleaning products at Salbasgeon Suites and Conference Center are provided by Ecolab and minimize irritating chemicals.

Other tips for an accessible meeting without distractions:
Served meals work for everyone and can be less expensive.
Provide an Accessibility Ambassador at the registration table.
Post plenty of signs use a combination of pictures, printed words, and Braille.
Use 16-point type for all printed materials.

The ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities is an important resource. For more information on Oregon ADA requirements, contact Denise Spielman at

Material adapted from the presentation "Making Meetings and Conferences Accessible for Everyone" by Angela Weaver and Denise Spielman at the January 7, 2009 GOSGMP meeting.

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Combine business with pleasure in Corvallis

The next time you find yourself planning a trip along the I-5 corridor, give us a call! We'll arrange a customized meeting facility tour and a relaxing, complimentary meal. Call or text John at 541-829-0037 or email him at to find out how a Corvallis experience can fit into your plans.



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