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County tourism funding could receive a boost

November 17, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -The Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry may receive nearly $20,000 more in state tourism promotion funding for the 2012-13 season than it did the previous year, an official said.

Chamber Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs told the Fulton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday at the County Office Building the chamber could receive word in about a week on its previously-submitted "I Love New York" tourism matching grant funds application.

The chamber received about $38,000 for the 2011-12 season.

"We were supposed to receive our estimated letter by now," DaBiere-Gibbs said. "I think they're approximating $57,000."

The county board this week formally authorized application for the tourism matching grant funds - from the county's end - for 2012-13. If the $57,000 in funding is secured, the county will have to pay the same amount.

"We have to match whatever our grant is," said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery asked if the merger - still awaiting state approval - between the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will effect receipt of Fulton County's tourism allocation.

"It's completely independent applications, completely independent programs," Stead said.

DaBiere-Gibbs told the board the Montgomery County board is applying separately for tourism funds.

Stead said the only "unusual" part of the "I Love New York" grant process is that the county usually applies for much more than it actually receives.

For example, the resolution approved Tuesday seeks $398,500 in funding with a $199,250 county match.

Callery also asked about the status of the two chambers consolidating, which is being weighed by the state Attorney General's office.

Locally, members of both chambers voted April 26 to merge into one organization.

"We're still waiting on the actual state approval on the merger," DaBiere-Gibbs said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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