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Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau


The Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau is the largest advertiser of tourism opportunities in the region.  ECHF membership allows for exposure in tourism guides, brochures, and events listings published by the bureau, as well as extensive web coverage.

Membership also supports networking with other regional events and organizations that allows ECHF to integrate its events and sites with other members to achieve a coordinated approach to attracting visitors to the region's attractions.

Arcadia Performing Arts, Inc.

arcadia_iconArcadia Performing Arts, Inc. had its roots as an ECHF committee to manage the performance and operational aspects of the restored Arcadia Theater.  It obtained independent status as a non-profit organization, and now leases the theater building from ECHF for a nominal $1 per year fee.

Besides a formal lease agreement outlining the responsibilities of each, APA and ECHF also have informal relations that allow each access to information on their plans and projects.


Somerset County Chamber of Commerce

somerset_chamberThe ECHF is a member of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.  Membership provides affordable, effective advertising and promotional opportunities that gives ECHF projects county-wide exposure in support of tourism and cultural heritage events.




Windber Area Visioning Experience

wave_logo_200wThe Windber Area Visioning Experience (WAVE) is the main community advancement organization in Windber.  They support annual Christmas Lights displays, street dances, car shows, and other community events.

The Co-Chairs of  WAVE are also ECHF Board members.  This allows informal coordination of projects, as well as occasional interchange of support.


Berwind Corporation

berwind_150pxThe Berwind Corporation, formerly the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company, has been a consistant and enthusiastic supportor of ECHF cultural heritage projects. They have donated land for the Mine 40  Mini-Park, provided a number of grants, and have allowed an open-ended approach to an eventual lease/purchase decision for their Mine 40 property.