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Lodging Association Director Named EDC-VC Board Liaison

Rebekah Evans

Rebekah Evans

Rebekah Evans, executive director of the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), has joined Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s board of  directors as a board liaison. In this position, Evans will help facilitate communication between EDC-VC and lodging firms within Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura, and help promote filming in Ventura County.

“By sharing our goals with Rebekah and VCLA, we hope to introduce the county as a desirable place to visit and to do business,” said Bruce Stenslie president/CEO of EDC-VC. “Rebekah’s appointment aligns with EDC-VC’s efforts to promote a regional quality of life and highlight the area’s amenities as a competitive advantage for businesses.”

Evan’s appointment follows EDC-VC’s recent designation of Karen Kelley as film liaison for the Ventura County Film Commission. Through a unified effort, EDC-VC, VCLA and the county’s film commission will intensify the focus on Ventura County as a film-industry destination.

Evans joined VCLA in July and previously served as the president and chief operating officer of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, and the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce. She spent 13 years as vice president of operations for Bridal Expo, Inc., a tradeshow and event-planning company.

VCLA represents 60 members, including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV Resorts, resort rentals, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau. Since forming two years ago, VCLA has invested heavily in promoting the region and assessing a one percent fee on room nights at member firms, which directly funds efforts towards driving additional room-night stays.

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center and loan, manufacturing and international trade programs, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24, or Or visit

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