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Columbia County CVB executive director resigns

Posted: October 19, 2011 - 4:45pm
Beda Johnson resigned this week as executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Beda Johnson resigned this week as executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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One of Columbia County’s most active promoters recently resigned her position with the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Executive Director Beda Johnson submitted her letter of resignation to CVB Board of Directors Chair Surinderjit Singh on Monday, Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said.

“My understanding is that she has resigned from the CVB,” Johnson said late Wednesday.

Johnson refused to comment on her resignation Wednesday afternoon claiming she’d been asked not to comment, but she didn’t reveal who made that request.

Johnson became the county CVB’s first executive director in March 2006, only six months after the bureau leaders withdrew from the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and incorporated.

She was tasked with promoting the county locally, regionally and nationally as a tourist destination and to attract events.

The CVB is partially funded by the county’s Hotel/Motel Tax, but is not an arm of the government, Johnson said.

“They are their own entity,” Johnson said.

County officials do work closely with the CVB.

“Columbia County looks forward to working with the CVB in the future,” Johnson said, “and their next executive director when and if that person is hired.”

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