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Chamber of Commerce, CVB names Koenig as new director

By Staff | Apr 28, 2017

Miriah Koenig, Executive Director of the Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Submitted by Ashley Berg)

Miriah Koenig has been named the new Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.

Born and raised in Rugby, Koenig attended Bismarck State College where she majored in Graphic Design and Communication.

After graduating, she worked at i design in Rugby for five years. Having enjoyed the marketing and promotion side to working at i design, Koenig was interested in applying for the Chamber and CVB director position to further those skills.

“So far I like it, but I’m still in the learning stages,” Koenig said. “I have two really great boards that I work with, and it’s really been about familiarizing myself with the everyday tasks.”

Koenig explained that she has been welcomed and helped by Chamber President Ashley Berg, Vice President Laurie Odden, CVB President Kevin Lashman and Vice President Cory Geiszler, as well as the rest of the Chamber and CVB board members.

Former director, Shelley Block has also been willing to help Koenig get settled.

“Everyone has been great. It has made it a lot easier, and it’s nice that everyone is willing to answer and help out,” Koenig said.

Currently, Koenig is in the process of planning for Geographical Center Day, which will be September 30. She is also excited to plan the softball tournament to be held in July and the Fourth of July Parade.

“I have been in [the parade] in the past, and my little guy has been in it, so I’m excited for that,” she said.

Something else that Koenig is gearing up for is the Chamber and CVB move to Prairie Village Museum the first week of May.

“I think it will be great being right along the highway, giving easy access to people coming in who may have questions. I think it’s a great location for us to be moving out there,” she said.

Koenig said this year will be about focusing on Chamber and CVB events that are already in place and learning how things go, however, she does want the community to know she is open to suggestions and ideas.

“I want to get people’s ideas in the community. I am open for any new ideas. I want to get the community as involved as possible,” she said.

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