ALBANY The head of Albany tourism is no longer employed by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, chamber officials say.
In an e-mail to board members and staff of the Albany-Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President Catherine Glover said she would be assuming Lisa Riddle's responsibilities and that business at the CVB would remain "on track."
While the CVB falls under the command and control of the chamber, it is almost entirely funded through revenues generated by the motel/hotel tax, which it shares with the city of Albany.
As a follow up response to a request for additional information by the Herald, Glover issued the following statement:
"Lisa's last day with the CVB was September 8. We have not decided whether or not we will replace the position as it is stands, but will take all the time necessary to revisit the duties associated with the position, and will work internally to realign and reassign as best fits the mission of the organization," Glover said. "It's important to note that my role with the Chamber/CVB has been and will continue to be as President/CEO of both organizations. When I was hired three years ago, I was hired due to my extensive Chamber, CVB and statewide tourism experience."
"My involvement with the CVB has been substantial, and will continue to be. We have a very strong team in place, and will continue to meet and exceed expectations as our visitors, trade organizations and business conferences continue to enjoy all that Albany has to offer," Glover said.
When contacted Friday morning, Riddle said she had been advised to consult with an attorney and that she would decline making any public statements until she's had an opportunity to do so.
As head of the CVB, Riddle and her staff are tasked with promoting the city and county's various attractions and putting "heads in beds" at local motels and hotels.
The group works annually with the downtown merchants association and the city to host the Rock, Roll and Run weekend which has become Albany's signature event, with thousands coming downtown for that weekends three events -- the Mardis Gras street party, the marathon and bike race.
They have also taken on a partnership role with Flint Fest, the event forged through the combination of the Riverjam concert series and the International Festival. This year, Flint Fest is set for October 1, downtown at Riverfront Park.
During Riddle's tenure, the CVB has helped the city gain the designation of being a camera-ready community, making it easier for filmmakers to use the city as a backdrop for their feature films as Disney did earlier this year when they shot scenes for the Odd Life of Timothy Green here.
The CVB also has become one of only three CVB's across the state to have earned the Gold Level Benchmark of Certification from the Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau.