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Glenn Kreag Retires

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Glenn Kreag, tourism and recreation extension educator, has retired after 17 years with Minnesota Sea Grant. He also worked 11 years as an extension tourism specialist for the University of Kentucky and three years as a community development agent for Colorado State University.

Glenn has provided tourism education for communities and organizations throughout Northeastern Minnesota and been involved in research related to several North Shore issues. He helped organize the North Shore Charter Captains and worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on various projects and proposals including feasibility studies of an underwater park at Split Rock State Park and an economic analysis of the North Shore snowmobile trail. Most recently, he analyzed residents' perceptions about cross-country skiers and snowmobilers (see article on page 1). Another recent study of how Duluth residents value open space contributed to long-range plans for city green space.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the many segments of the tourism industry. People are truly interested in learning ways to improve their businesses and their communities. It's rewarding to see rural communities understand the connection of business to the quality of the natural resources upon which they depend to attract visitors. Now many more tourism people are asking for ways to minimize negative effects to ecosystems that may arise from tourism activities."

Glenn was also one of the original extension faculty members of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center and was involved in creating the endowed chair for that program. He was instrumental in developing a number of programs including early versions of "At Your Service" customer service training, the Rural Tourism Development program, and the Certified Festival Management program. He facilitated the inception of two tourism trade organizations: the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Guild and the Minnesota Festivals and Events Association. He recently assisted in developing the Northland Sustainable Business Alliance.

Glenn has authored over 75 publications and articles about tourism and natural resources throughout his career. He was one of the primary authors for the award-winning Rural Tourism Development Program.

In addition to Sea Grant activities, Glenn completed short-term overseas assignments in Ghana (coastal tourism development), Tanzania (tourism database creation), Slovakia (ecotourism and farm tourism), and Russia (tourism business development and tourism association marketing). A recent study leave in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia provided him with insights on how sustainable tourism and sustainable natural resource policies are successfully implemented in different countries at various governmental levels.

By Sea Grant Staff
November 2003

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