Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Awarded National Designation
Official word received September 14, 2005
"Reviewers enjoyed reading the nomination and planning documents finding that they offered plenty of detail, constructive analysis of existing conditions and perceived opportunities, as well as some 'Paul Bunyan lore slipped in for fun'. The Byway demonstrated that planning documents can creatively address needs - there is not just one way to do things."
This endorsement of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway's bid for national designation is taken from the Reviewer Observations shared with PBSBA representatives at the celebration event in Washington DC on September 21 and 22, 2005. National designation brings with it automatic inclusion in both national and international tourism marketing, and additional funding opportunities.
NATIONAL DESIGNATION: The Local Advantage
Opportunities for the townships, cities, businesses, organizations, and residents along and around the Byway route have been enhanced significantly by the recent national designation that the Byway received. Here is a partial list of some of those opportunities
• Adds to community pride and acts as an overt signal of community health
• Highlights stories of area history and recreational opportunities through the wit of Paul Bunyan; an approach unique to this byway
• Offers businesses a marketable advantage by identifying themselves as 'on the Byway' and/or creating a product or service name relating to the Byway.