EXTREMELY COOL FOR A HOT PLACE!
Yuma was just named one of The World's 22 Most Extreme Places by Fodors.com. As writer Sunny Fitzgerald says on the Fodor's site, "These places are so extra. If you’re usually doing the most, but now you’re stuck inside, let’s take a little trip—safely, from your screen—around the world and stop by some of the most extreme places on the planet. You don’t have to pack a thing or even bother putting on pants! I can’t promise that knowing any of the little tidbits below will win you any friends. But you never know when this trivia might come in handy—maybe during a virtual happy hour tonight or your future Jeopardy audition?" --Thanks for the shout out for Yuma, Sunny and Fodor's!
BREAKING NEWS FROM GYEDC
Late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed additional funding for the CARES Act and it next goes to President Trump for his signature on the bill. The Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation sent out an email late Thursday afternoon with links for Yuma businesses to act quickly. Their email said: "It is imperative we support as many local small businesses as possible in applying for these federal dollars. Securing funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) could mean life or death for thousands of Yuma businesses. It is estimated that only 1 out of 6 eligible Arizona small businesses were approved for the first round of PPP funding. Our goal is to have every organization, business, and elected official throughout the region activated to encourage eligible businesses to take action and apply. We’ve gathered resources to support businesses with the application process and lessons learned from the first wave of funding. The next 72 hours are critical so we ask that you share this information with your distribution lists, go live on social media, and give encouragement to those struggling with the process." Here is the link to their email with the links they assembled for your easy access.
HOW ARE YOU DOING?
by Linda Morgan, Visit Yuma Executive Director
At each of our weekly (Zoom) staff meetings, we start by checking in with each other about how we're doing. The answers have ranged widely as our emotions change week-to-week with each COVID-19 update. We've also taken some of this "downtime" to make calls to members. We're in the process of trying to touch base with each and every member, to ask if there's anything we can do to help. While some of you are frantically busy, trying to keep some money coming in, it's been wonderful to get to talk, you know, actually take a few minutes to catch up, with many of you. It's those moments or breathers in all this craziness that have been really helpful to me, to stay balanced and focused on our mission: to let everyone "out there" know how great of a destination Yuma is. These days of Stay At Home will be behind us not too far in the future, and people will be ready to get on the road for a getaway or vacation. Studies tell us that while travelers are not yet ready to go by air or ship, shorter trips by car will make sense. We're preparing to invite Arizonans and neighbors in states next door to come see what adventures await in Yuma. Visitors may keep away from crowded urban locations for a while, but who can argue that social distancing is a problem here, with all our wide-open desert and waterways, all full of fun, fresh air recreation. Our staff members are working hard (mostly from home) at getting marketing prepared and in place for when it is safe to travel again. We want Yuma to have that Top of Mind Awareness and encourage everyone at home to be inspired and amazed by the videos and photos we share of Yuma. We are all working hard to make sure visitors return, and sooner than later would be great, don't you agree? Here's the good news: the forecast for Yuma says Sunny and Warm for the foreseeable future, so let's let everyone know about it! That good news is sure to cheer us all up!
The Sunniest City on Earth was where several bloggers came this past winter to see for themselves what Visit Yuma's tours and specialty dinners had to offer.
Unstoppable Stacey (bottom right) went on a Field to Feast Tour, followed by farm-fresh dinner at Sunset on the Ranch. She shared, "Just back from the Field to Feast Yuma excursion, and because this farm tour in Arizona was so enjoyable, I can’t stop talking about it. "
Living a Stout Life came to town to test out local breweries. While in Yuma, they also partook of the new Sunset on the Ranch dinner, complete with date beer tasting. Anna said, "A unique aspect of this dinner was the ability to chat with the farmers. Hosted in part by Sabor Farms and hearing directly from Steve and Peggy Alameda, farmers with over 40 years of experience, was an honor. The passion in their voices and the humor in their stories matched the evening’s ambiance as we learned more about their agricultural upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area and their quick transition to Arizona."
Hannah Tover (bottom left), whose blog Brave Blonde has over 46,500 followers on Instagram, shared, "It was in the middle of the date groves (which is nice and exclusive) and you walk up to a walkway that is lite with gorgeous lights and welcomed by event hosts. There is a string quartet during the entire night and dinner is held under a gorgeous white tent with candles and fresh flowers. They even send you home with some delicious dates. All of it really makes it a special night. Read more here.
The Traveling Newlyweds (top right) have more than 84,400 followers, and they were big fans of Sunset on the Ranch: "If you plan your trip to Yuma just right, you can make one of the most idyllic (and romantic) culinary experiences in town - Sunset on the Ranch. It begins with a tractor-pulled wagon ride around a farm, which takes guests to a picture-perfect farm-to-table dinner highlighting Yuma produce and a local gourmet chef," they raved. Read more about their Yuma adventures.
When you've got 7 kids and you live on the road full-time in your RV (top left), you're always looking for unique experiences, according to Matt and Tabitha Best. Their blog, Ditching Suburbia, covers their stop off at Martha's Gardens. They couldn't stay for a tour or specialty dinner this time, but they give a big thumbs up to the date shakes at Martha's Gardens.
One recent post from Visit Yuma's Facebook page (see below) drew nearly 1000 shares and more than 80,000 views. "Social Distancing, Yuma-Style" was popular with locals and fans of Yuma all over the world. Several commented how fitting it was to have tacos and lettuce to measure six feet. And yes, we did calculate how many heads of romaine it takes to separate two people by six feet! Graphic created by Paige Lineberry, 3° North Graphic Design & Photography, exclusively for Visit Yuma.