When you think of tourist destinations in the Ozarks, Bolivar probably isn't the first city that comes to mind. City leaders hope to change that at the city's yearly economic summit.
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the event. The annual breakfast usually focuses on agriculture, but this year attendees will discuss how to bring more tourist traffic to the city.
"We know people aren't going to vacation here in Bolivar, that's not what we are looking at," Chamber Marketing Director Linda Ankrom-Bunch said.
Ankrom-Bunch said an increase in tourism will benefit the city in several ways.
"We're really kind of the best of both worlds and economically speaking the more that we can help people realize that, the more it generates our sales, the more it generates the sales tax, the more jobs we have and it's just a win-win for everyone," Ankrom-Bunch said.
A representative from the state department of tourism will be the keynote speaker at the summit.
The summit will be at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22. You can find more information about the event at the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce website.