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Bridgette Bise leaves job as Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director

By ALLISON MILES
June 20, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.
Updated June 21, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.

BRIDGETTE BISE

To learn more about the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit http://www.visitvictoriatexas.com.

Bridgette Bise has left her position as executive director of the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In a news release issued Monday, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce said that managerial expectations changed, since management of the convention and visitors bureau would soon fall under the City of Victoria.

" ... We want the program to have a fresh start under the city and their management team," according to release. "We believe that this will allow the city to take existing plans and further enhance them for maximum benefit. We wish Ms. Bise the best of luck in her future endeavors."

Plans called for the convention and visitors bureau to officially become a city department Oct. 1, said O.C. Garza, the city's communications director. Monday's change, however, will speed the process along as the city works to fill the position.

"It goes without saying that tourism continues to be a big economic development tool for the City of Victoria," Garza said. "We want it to continue getting bigger."

The bureau's other two employees will remain on with the organization, he said, and BootFest, an event slated for October, will continue on as originally planned.

Bise joined the convention and visitors bureau in August 2009, according to a news release on the chamber's website from that same month. Before moving to Victoria, she maintained positions such as executive director of the Elk City Convention and Visitors Bureau in Elk City, Okla., executive director of the Grand Lake Association in Northeast Oklahoma and marketing and promotions director of the Jenks Aquarium in Jenks, Okla.

Randy Vivian, the chamber's president and CEO, said he could not comment beyond what was included in the news release.

"I don't discuss personnel issues outside the board," he said. "It's just chamber policy."

Attempts to contact Bise were unsuccessful.

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