The new chamber position is funded through the two-percent visitor accommodation tax income the state collects in Forks, and the tax is alloted through the City of Forks.Andros’ mission is “concentrating on getting people to come to Forks for things beyond Twilight,” Bingham told the council.
The new hire will be active online, moderating a forum of questions posed by visitors and others interested in Forks, plus using Twitter and Facebook to connect visitors to ongoing updates about Forks. Andros will also work on marketing things for husbands and fathers to do while their wives and daughters take in the Twilight sights in Forks.Bingham said visitor counts have climbed back to levels seen in 2010 after a 25 to 40 percent per month downturn over the winter in visitor arrival counts made by the chamber. Some 200 visitors signed in at the chamber on Saturday, March 26, she said, some on spring break from school. “It’s not over, still alive and well,” the chamber director said of the attraction to Forks of fans of author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight books.
Mayor Bryon Monohon detailed his and City Attorney/Planner Rod Fleck’s participation at a recent economic development conference in Moses Lake. Fleck was on an alternate energy panel, telling of the Quillayute Valley School District’s new biomass-fueled classroom heating boiler system. Fleck told the council that the state Department of Natural Resources is working on a text of a wind turbine on the side of a ridge located west of Forks.