East Wenatchee Events Board (EWEB)
- 3:30 pm
- 1st Wednesday of every month
- Eastmont Parks and Recreation Community Center
230 N Georgia Avenue
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
|Position Number||Position||Board Member||Term Begins||Term Ends|
|1||City Elected Official||Rob Tidd (City Council)||2020||2022|
|2||Business Representative||Marianne Rumbolz (Fairfield Inn & Suites)||2019||2021|
|3||Business Representative||Supattra Winger (Cedars Inn)||2021||2023|
|4||Activity Representative||Sally Brawley (Eastmont Parks & Recreation)||2021||2023|
|5||Activity Representative||Jason Heinz (Greater Wenatchee Girls Softball)||2020||2022|
|6||Restaurant Representative||Brent Schmitten (Bob's Classic East)||2019||2021|
|7||Retail Representative||Alejandro Cruz (Cashmere Valley Bank)||2021||2023|
|8||Citizen at Large||Vickie Sullivan (Banner Bank)||2020||2022|
|9||Citizen at Large||Kirk Mayer (East Wenatchee Resident)||2020||2022|
|10||Citizen at Large||Michael Machado (East Wenatchee Resident)||2021||2023|
|11||Citizen at Large||Jason Fonville (East Wenatchee Resident)||2019||2021|
|12||Citizen at Large||Meegan Mashburn (East Wenatchee Resident)||2020||2022|
The East Wenatchee Events Board (EWEB) is a committee that is comprised of five to twelve volunteers, who have a vested interest in East Wenatchee events and tourism. They are active in bringing in events and helping to run the events that the City currently offers. They also review the Hotel/Motel Tax Applications and make recommendations to City Council. These committee members are appointed by the City Council and must include the following, at a minimum:
- 1 Elected Official (City Council Member) who serves as the chair.
- 2 East Wenatchee business (hotel) representatives.
- 2 East Wenatchee activities that are authorized to be funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax.
- The remaining 7 positions are At-Large positions, but must either meet one of the aforementioned criteria or be a vested East Wenatchee resident.
The Lodging tax is a consumer tax on lodging charges for periods of less than 30 consecutive days for:
- Private Campgrounds
- Rooming Houses
- RV parks
- And Similar Facilities
The idea behind the Lodging Tax is that the funds must be used to increase tourism, more specifically (RCW 67.28.1816):
- Tourism Marketing
- Marketing and operations of special events/festivals designed to attract tourists
- Operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities, owner/operated by a municipality or a public facilities district
- Operations of a tourism-related facility, owned/operated by a non-profit organization
Complete the Hotel/Motel Tax Application.
East Wenatchee Events Board History
The EWEB was created in November of 2002, when the current Mayor, Steve Lacy, suggested that an organization of volunteers create an official entity to provide events for the Community and get the Community active again. By April of 2003, the East Wenatchee Community Events Management Board was established. The plan was to create a series of festivals and events that invite and include the local community and attract out-of-town visitors. The mission statement adopted by the Board in April of 2005 is: "To promote and attract awareness, interest and tourism to East Wenatchee, through special events which portray the spirit of community and quality of life East Wenatchee has to offer." The East Wenatchee Community Events Management Board was a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that was hosting the Classy Chassis Parade and Car Show and the Wings and Wheels Festival and receiving funding from the City of East Wenatchee's Hotel/Motel Taxes.
In 2007, there was a legislative change relating to how the Hotel/Motel taxes can be used, which affected how the Board operated. Due to their 501(c)4 non-profit status, they were no longer eligible for funding from the City. Effective July 1, the renamed East Wenatchee Events Board became part of the City of East Wenatchee, under the Community Development Department and the current EWEB Director became a City employee. By this point, the EWEB was also hosting the City's Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Tree Lighting.
In 2008, the laws changed again, this time mandating that the City have an advisory committee to make recommendations to the City Council about where to allocate the Hotel/Motel Taxes. The EWEB became that committee.
In 2011, the City's Events were then contracted out, separating them from the Community Development Department, but they continued to serve as the Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee.
In 2019, the Events Department was brought back to the City and established as their own Department, which also includes the Public Information Officer.