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  • Now Hiring – Executive Director

    TIC is Hiring an Executive Director
    OPENING DATE/TIME: 09/02/2021 12:00 AM
    CLOSING DATE/TIME: 09/24/2021 12:00 AM
    The Travel Information Council is seeking a new Executive Director to lead this dynamic, innovative state agency whose mission is to serve travelers of Oregon’s highways by maintaining safe and convenient rest areas, providing direction to destinations, and connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources. The Travel Information Council manages 25 of Oregon’s highway rest areas, administers the blue …

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  • Stein- Boozier Walnut Orchard Dedication Rescheduled

    The City of Wilsonville has decided to reschedule the dedication event originally schedule for Thursday, August 12  for safety concerns due to the forecasted extreme heat.
    The new date is set for September 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Murase Plaza in Memorial Park in Wilsonville.

  • Now Hiring – Fill-in Rest Area Technicians -$18.00

    TIC is Hiring Rest Area Technicians at locations statewide: Near Albany (Santiam), Corvallis (Ellmaker), Eugene (Oak Grove & Cabin Creek), Madras (Cow Canyon), Pendelton (Deadman Pass).
    Rest Area Technicians are fill-in employees who are not scheduled to work regular hours, but are available to perform fill-in work as needed; rest areas are staffed every day of the year, and fill-in employees are frequently scheduled to work weekends and holidays. While technicians …

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  • *NEW* Heritage Tree Hero of the Year Award

     

    The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee has created a brand new award! The Heritage Tree Hero award recognizes individuals and groups that view Oregon’s history from the perspective of the trees that witness/are witnessing it. Tell us about an inspirational individual or organization that is engaging communities through education about the importance of trees and raising awareness about Oregon’s history told through trees and forests. We encourage nominations that tell the …

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Travel Information Council

You may have noticed we changed our name. We dropped our assumed business name (OTE) and are back to only using TIC. The Travel Information Council (TIC) is responsible for governing our agency. The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Meet the Council members.

Oak Grove Rest Area restroom expansion complete and open to visitors

TIC is happy to announce that Oak Grove Safety Rest Area, on I-5 north of Eugene, has reponed to visitors with brand new restroom facilities. The new construction, on both the north and southbound sides of the rest area, triples the capacity of the buildings they replaced.  Funding for this building project was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 as part of statewide transportation system upgrades included in ”Keep Oregon Moving” HB 2017. Oregon Legislators set aside funding for rest area improvement with the goal of improving and repairing inadequate infrastructure. Safety rest areas are a vital component to improving driver safety and reducing accidents by giving drivers a convenient place to stop, rest and refresh. If you have questions feel free to please contact us.

Council meetings and minutes

Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.

Grove of the States Sponsorship Packet

If you would like to be one of the first businesses included on new signs that will honor the Grove of the States, now is your chance. Oregon Travel Information Council is offering several sponsorship levels to help fund the French Prairie Rest Area’s “Grove of the States Restoration Project.” Your business name will be seen by over two million travelers who stop at the rest area. Learn more about how you can help sustain this unique public space.

Community Heritage Tree Program directory

pdxOur online heritage tree directory provides information about the various city and county notable tree programs across the state. The directory is a great resource if you’re planning a weekend sightseeing trip or local walking tour, or if you wish to nominate a tree that has not met the statewide program criteria.

 

Heritage Program Brochure 2019

The Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Programs have updated their most popular and widely distributed biennial publication: the “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees” map brochure. This full-color 20-page, glovebox size brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical and Regional Marker sites (up to 2019) across Oregon. If you would like copies of this free publication, please contact Jessica Carbone at 503-373-0155, or request by email.

TIC’s skilled team is ready to serve you

kurt_valdezAll of us at TIC are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, TIC employees agree that customers come first. It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help.

Program Quick Links

Pay your permit fees online

VISA_combo_graphicTIC has partnered with US Bank to offer an easy and secure online payment option for your sign permit fees. To offer you this convenience US Bank charges a 3% fee.  Simply connect to the US Bancorp payment site. You'll see the TIC logo on the banner at the top. The convenience fee charged for this transaction is non-refundable. To provide this service to you as a State agency we use a specialized service fee model where this convenience fee is collected directly by the credit card processing company to process the payment. If this payment is for a charitable contribution, the convenience fee is not tax-deductible. Contact us if you need help with this option by email, or by telephone at 503-373-0086.

Oregon Travel Experience Tourist Oriented DirectionalHighway Business Signs: A cost-effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.

Rest Areas: The Travel Information Council supervises 39 rest areas at 25 locations around the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Travel Information Council’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.

coffeeFree Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by TIC and run by volunteer non-profit groups. For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.

 Permit Programs: Travel Information Council connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0090.

The "Mother Oak," part of the Ellmaker Heritage Grove honored in Veneta.Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.

 

 

Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.

 

 

Our central office in Salem is currently closed until further notice. You can call us at 503-378-4508 with requests and inquiries.Find out more →
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