County seeks to increase tourism
FONDA — Through the 2020 Montgomery County Local Tourism Grant Program, the county is making efforts to attract more people to the community.
Montgomery County has been known for its historic sites, outdoor recreation opportunities and other tourism destinations, and has a reputation for having something for everyone, according to a press release.
The Local Tourism Grant Program provides additional financial resources to projects, events and individuals to help attract tourists to explore and enjoy everything the county has to offer.
“The Local Tourism Grant Program is a terrific way to help organizations extend the reach of events they are planning so they will attract more visitors to Montgomery County. That’s a powerful way to help ensure our local economy continues to thrive,” said Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort. “Our County is full of historic landmarks, Main Street shops and restaurants and the ultimate playground for year-round outdoor recreational activities. This program help highlight all of these wonderful things to do.”
According to the press release, the program is funded by the County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax and is administered by the Department of Economic Development and Planning.
“Tourism is [a] major priority in Montgomery County in 2020,” said District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell, chair of the Economic Development and Planning Committee. “We encourage all local organizations to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for funding that can help improve their events and our community as a whole.”
“Montgomery County, under the direction for the county’s Business Development Center and the County Executive’s Office, continues to be aggressive in securing funding for the programs, projects, events and individuals that will attract more tourists to our county. Their efforts are appreciated,” said Legislative Chairman Joseph Isabel.
According to the release, the grants provided through the program may not be used solely to serve residents. The grant program is open to all non-profit and for-profit organizations, clubs, individuals, groups, individual businesses and business consortiums in Montgomery County.
Guidelines and applications are available on the MCBDC’s website at www.montgomerycountyworks.com. Applications are due no later than close of business on April 17. Applications can be mailed to Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and Planning, Old County Courthouse, 9 Park St., P.O. Box 1500, Fonda.