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Chamber rallies for $62K grant

'I Love New York' tourism matching funds application

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce recently requested authorization to submit an “I Love New York” tourism matching funds application to the state in the amount of $61,807.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee authorized the application at its meeting at the County Office Building. The full board is scheduled to consider approval of the application on Tuesday.

Fulton County would provide a local match of the $61,807 to provide funding for the county’s 2020 tourism and promotion program.

“We did an estimate based on this year’s budget,” chamber Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs told the committee.

In other committee business, next year’s Walleye Challenge is being worked on by the chamber.

“We started planning for the Walleye Challenge,” DaBiere-Gibbs said in her monthly tourism report.

The 2020 Walleye Challenge will be held Feb. 15. 2020.

DaBiere-Gibbs said representatives of the event recently presented a $1,000 check to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for fish stocking this fall. Also presented to the federation was $518 from a special raffle raised by event Coordinator Lou Stutzke, owner of Mayfield’s Fuel -N-Food.

Registration forms for the Walleye Challenge are planned to be mailed Nov. 1. DaBiere-Gibbs thanked event sponsors Frank’s Gun Shop and Saratoga Eagle.

DaBiere-Gibbs said the “I Love NY” fall foliage report began Sept. 11 and will continue through October or early November. She said Fulton County is reporting weekly about the status of its leaves. The leaf report is based on brilliance, color; rating such as near peak, peak, past peak; and percentage of leaves that have changed.

The chamber’s local report is available on 44lakes.com/blog and shared on social media.

DaBiere-Gibbs reported the Historic Hotel Broadalbin hosted its first-ever Sacandaga Market Sept. 14 and 15. She said the chamber “partnered” with the event and sponsored children’s activities and musical entertainment.

The chamber attended the New York State Tourism Industry Association’s annual meeting and awards brunch Sept. 26 and 27 in Auburn. DaBiere-Gibbs said the local chamber uses its NYSTIA membership to distribute its travel guides at various consumer trade shows throughout the year. She said the chamber also participates in various marketing initiatives via the NYSTIA, which DaBiere-Gibbs said makes national advertising more affordable.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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