BEATRICE – The Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce now has a new tourism director to work alongside with.

Megan Bartz has been hired as the new Gage County Tourism Coordinator. She is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate in marketing and management. Bartz fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Kristen Jensen, who took a new job with the Beatrice Campus of Southeast Community College.

The tourism director promotes visitor travel to Beatrice and Gage County and works with a Visitors Committee, which oversees revenue from a county-wide lodging tax.

Part of the tax pays for marketing and promotion, while a portion of it funds grants for improvements to visitor attractions. That visitor improvement fund currently has a balance of about $284,000.