ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Tourism Council Board of Directors recognized Richard Thompson of Belmont for his 26 years of service as a board member at its June meeting. Executive Director Barb Ballint presented Mr. Thompson with a plaque reading "In recognizing 26 years of dedicated service, believing that the promotion of Tourism and Economic Development of Belmont County is of prime importance."

Ballint expressed the board’s appreciation of Mr. Thompson’s time served on the board.

"Richard has been very active in his community and Belmont County. He has served on many boards volunteering his time for the betterment of this area. He gave this organization the best gift anyone could give, his time," Ballint said.

Thompson addressed the board thanking them for the recognition. He reminded the members the important role that each of them have serving on the board. He spoke of several attractions in Belmont County and the importance of the Tourism Council’s support to them and other attractions and events in our area. He said, "I leave this office knowing that the previous board’s actions did better Belmont County". He praised the staff for the work they have done in the office to promote our area.

Belmont County Tourism Council, Inc. Board of Directors are Bill Goff, Andrew Barricklow, Jason Carpenter, Rev. Bill Webster, George Diab, Jill Stephen and John Rataiczak. The board meets the third Thursday of each month at the Tourism office.

Belmont County Tourism Council, Inc. is a non-profit organization funded through the 3 percent lodging tax. The organization is operated under the direction and authority of a board of directors for the purpose of promoting and fostering tourism, visitors and conventions and economic development within the county.

For a list of attractions and upcoming events, contact the office at 740-695-4359, like us on Facebook or visit us at www.belmontcountytourism.info .