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March 23, 2014

Volunteers gear up for KidSpace makeover Saturday

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The new director of Norman’s Convention and Visitors Bureau says he takes his role as a steward of tax dollars very seriously. His agency will receive about $850,000 in room tax money and another $50,000 in advertising and other revenue in the next fiscal year.

“When you have tax dollars that the community has trusted you with, you have to be very transparent,” Dan Schemm told a business group this past week.

He is trying to keep the city’s 2,800 hotel rooms booked with convention and visitors. April and May are big months for them. The music festival, 89er Day weekend, Medieval Fair, Mom’s Day and graduation will bring thousands of visitors to Norman.

Additionally, the annual travel and tourism luncheon will be held May 13 at the National Weather Center.

The new Holiday Inn Express and Residence Inn will add some back-up rooms for the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

What Norman could use, Schemm said, is a large, expo-style building where exhibitors could bring in items as large as an airplane or combine.

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