Door County Visitor Bureau to Celebrate Opening of County’s First Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) will commemorate the opening of Door County’s first public electric vehicle charging stations during a special ceremony at 11 AM on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at the Door County Welcome Center, 1015 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett will be on hand to help plug in the ceremonial first vehicle and say a few words regarding the future role of electric vehicles in the tourism industry.  She will be joined by DCVB President/CEO Jack Moneypenny and other local dignitaries during the ribbon cutting and inaugural charge.

The May 21 event kicks off a new effort the DCVB is spearheading to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout Door County to help attract visitors who embrace ecotourism and the electric vehicle movement. A list of local businesses who have already committed to install their own electric vehicle charging stations this year will be distributed at the event.

A DCVB produced map will be available later this year to help visitors locate where charging stations can be found in the county.  Efforts by the DCVB to recruit more businesses and communities to install additional charging stations will be ongoing.

The ecotourism focus is nothing new to Door County. Currently, 46 businesses, parks and attractions in the county are Travel Green Wisconsin certified. This designation is granted by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism following an application process that requires applicants to meet specific sustainable green business practices in order to be certified.

The two electric vehicle charging stations that will be unveiled at 11 AM at the Door County Welcome Center on May 21 will be available to use free of charge.  The event is also free and open to the public, and light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Door County Visitor Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization for Door County, whose mission it is to foster long-term economic growth and stability in concordance with sustainable tourism practices.

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