About Us

Albany Visitors Association staff and volunteers are here to help you discover all that Albany has to offer. We are located on the corner of 3rd and Lyon in historic downtown Albany, Oregon.

Our regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Address 110 3rd Ave SE, Albany, OR, 97321

Telephone 541-928-0911; General Email info@albanyvisitors.com

 

Meet the Staff

Executive Director, Rebecca Bond

Rebecca Bond is the Executive Director and official spokesperson for the Albany Visitors Association (AVA). Since joining the AVA in 1996, she has advanced through the ranks holding every position at some point during her tenure. She’s most widely known for her work with Albany’s historic resources, assisting with organization, project management, marketing, event planning and volunteer coordination. She is now actively involved in leading AVA’s marketing and operational planning. She also serves as a liaison to many partners including the Historic Carousel & Museum, Albany Downtown Association, Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) shareholder committee, Linn County Cultural Coalition and the WIllamette Valley Visitors Association. Rebecca’s experience in tourism marketing is well-known, and she has boundless enthusiasm and love for the community in which she lives and works.

Email: rebecca@albanyvisitors.com

Executive Assistant, Cathy Bradford

Cathy has been AVA’s executive assistant for 23 years. She is an expert on anything and everything Albany. She helps prepare our reports, records board meeting minutes, fields our busy office phones, organizes our monthly events calendar and brochure, and is first point of contact for submitting local events. Cathy is also the coordinator for AVA’s Annual Photography Contest. She manages the AVA image library and is the friendly staff member you’ll meet when you visit the office on a summer Saturday or during AVA ticketed sales such as the Christmas Parlour Tour.

Email: cbradford@albanyvisitors.com

Amy Felmley, Visitors Services Representative

Amy’s famous smile is usually the first thing to welcome visitors at our office—she’ll help you with a map or finding your way to the best spot to hike, bike or bird watch. With a wealth of customer service and teaching experience, she is enthusiastic about helping visitors find an assortment of information, including the right meal and the perfect fun activity. Amy has lived in Albany for two years and looks forward to calling it home for a long time. When not encouraging other people to enjoy the area’s history and events, she might be seen whizzing by on a motorcycle enjoying our endless farms and hills. 

Email: info@albanyvisitors.com

Photo of Kim Jackson, AVA Marketing ManagerKim Jackson, Marketing Manager

Kim Jackson is the former city editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald. Jackson oversees AVA’s historical resources and group marketing. His duties include promoting sports tourism, outdoor recreation, and serving on the public relations committee for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Jackson graduated Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Journalism. He spent three years as sports editor at the Gresham Outlook before moving to the Albany Democrat-Herald in 1986, where he held positions as sports writer, sports editor, news editor and city editor. He resides in Albany with his wife, Julie. They have two children.

Email: kjackson@albanyvisitors.com

Public Relations Coordinator, Maddie MacGregor

Maddie oversees content development for AVA’s website and social media, and helps direct AVA’s digital and print advertising. Her 20-year career in managing communications and art direction is the perfect fit for writing about her favorite Oregon city—Albany. Maddie was director of communications for the state agency, Oregon Travel Information Council, and content and marketing liaison for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Board and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  She’s been with AVA since 2016. You might catch a glimpse of her at a Willamette Valley nursery stalking plants or buying honey from a local farm, but she’s most often found at her writing station dreaming up new things for visitors to read about.

Email: maddie@albanyvisitors.com

Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Don Vance

Don has been with AVA for 24 years. He’s one of the friendly smiling faces you’ll see when you walk through our front doors and gladly dispenses maps or directions to anywhere you’d like to go in Linn County. Don also helps coordinate volunteer staff and training at our “Little Blue House” visitor information center at the southbound I-5 Santiam Rest Area. These volunteers serve free coffee and hot chocolate, and help guide travelers towards the best sights in Albany.

Email: info@albanyvisitors.com

 

Our Mission

To grow the economic impact of tourism through enriching local experiences.

The Albany Visitors Association carries out our mission by –

  • Encouraging over night stays and visitor expenditures
  • Seeking new tourism opportunities
  • Promoting the surrounding area
  • Assisting visitors in discovering enriching experiences
  • Supporting events, attractions, and facilities
  • Honoring our history
  • Celebrating culture
  • Building community identity and involvement
  • Maintaining a positive quality of life
  • Developing and strengthening partnerships