With the current lease set to expire July 31, 2016, the JCCVB Board of Directors felt it would be in the best interest of the Bureau to move to the Marmaduke House, owned by Jeff and Jane Schaeperkoetter of Oakbrook Properties LLC who purchased the building in late 2013.
Aside from the long term financial benefits, the new location will offer visitors an exclusive glimpse into a notable part of Jefferson City's past. The building will also house the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum, which the Board feels will enhance its appeal and add value to the Missouri State Penitentiary tours.
"As the Board discussed potential options for relocation, the Marmaduke House just seemed like the right fit for us. We want to be able to take the entire visitor experience to the next level," said Diane Gillespie, Executive Director for the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Schaeperkoetters felt the former Warden's residence would be an ideal site for the Bureau's offices and the Museum. "The Penitentiary and its history are real treasures for Jefferson City and the State of Missouri," said Jeff. "We hope this agreement will enable many visitors to discover and appreciate the historic connections, both past and present."
The Bureau's tentative plan is to move in early summer of 2016. More information will be released as details are finalized.
About the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCCVB) was founded in 1989 to maximize the positive economic impact of visitor dollars to the community by effectively marketing the Jefferson City area as a desirable convention and tourism destination.