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Lee County Tourism settles into new digs, copes with coronavirus impact

The Lee County Tourism Council office is now in the Lee County Farm Bureau building in downtown Amboy.
The Lee County Tourism Council office is now in the Lee County Farm Bureau building in downtown Amboy.

AMBOY – A new home, new website and coronavirus pandemic to contend with – the last several months have been full of changes for the Lee County Tourism Council.

In August, the organization moved from its longtime home at 113 S. Peoria Ave. in Dixon to 37 S. East Ave. in Amboy.

Lee County Tourism now shares a building with the Lee County Farm Bureau and Country Financial in space formerly used by Grace Fellowship Church Amboy-Sublette.

Renovations were completed in less than a month and included repairs from water damage, new paint, window treatments, and carpet.

"The transition has been amazingly smooth," tourism Executive Director Diane Nicholson said.

It was also time for the website to get a new look; the council likes to upgrade and change things up every 2 or 3 years.

One feature that will be a resource for community members is the meeting and event space search database, which could be a great planning tool for people whose plans have changed because of COVID-19, Nicholson said.

"There's going to be so many events that had to change, and this gives people a chance to look at things they might not have thought of before," she said.

Lee County Tourism offers books, magazines, a Fun Guide, town profiles and more on destinations throughout the county. Go to leecountyfun.com or find Lee County Illinois Tourism on Facebook for more information.

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