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County tourism board has two new members

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Indiana Dunes Tourism (IDT) announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Kurt Gillins and Matthew Soliday.

“We’re excited to welcome both of these new members to our Board,” said Lorelei Weimer, the Executive Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism. “Each brings unique skills that will strengthen our ties with the community and support tourism efforts across the county.”

Gillins was appointed by the Porter County Commissioners and will complete Jesse Harper’s term after Harper was elected Center Township Trustee. Gillins is Vice President of Programs and Communications for the Valpo Chamber. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso and has been involved with numerous productions at the Memorial Opera House. Gillins lives in Valparaiso with his wife, Patty, and daughter, Lilly.

Soliday, also appointed by the Commissioners, will serve a full term, replacing Dr. John Johnson, who has retired. Soliday is a staff attorney at the nonprofit Federal Community Defenders in Hammond Ind., and a graduate of Valparaiso High School, Indiana University, and Valparaiso University School of Law, where he served as an adjunct professor. He was also the co-founder of the Valpo Triathlon, and he continues to enjoy outdoor sports. Prior to working for the Federal Community Defenders, Soliday had a private law practice in Valparaiso and served as a Porter County deputy prosecuting attorney. He and his wife live in Chesterton.


Mitch Peters, President; Barb Lusco, Vice President; Richard Riley, Treasurer; Patrick McEuen, Secretary; Scott Tuft; Cathy Brown; Lisa Wodrich; Karen Webster; Ted Fitzgerald; Kurt Gillins; Matthew Soliday; David Hollenbeck, Attorney.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official Porter County government tourism marketing organization. It is the advertising brand of the Porter County Convention Recreation and Visitor Commission, a county board appointed by local elected officials.

The department is funded by the innkeepers tax on hotel stays. It promotes the Indiana Dunes and Porter County to outside visitors while encouraging residents to spend their money locally.



Posted 3/15/2019




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