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Fulton County gets $61K in tourism funds

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee recently accepted $61,807 in state matching funds for tourism promotion in 2020.

The committee voted at the County Office Building to accept state “I Love New York” funding, used by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Fulton County originally requested over $220,000 from the state.

Chamber Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles noted the chamber on Dec. 10 received notification that the county was awarded the tourism funds in the amount of $61,807 and the state requested the county match the amount.

“One of my goals is to make sure this money is really used for our businesses,” said Boles told the committee.

The I Love New York funding letter was from Eric Gertler, president and CEO of Empire State Development.

“The grants must be used to develop and execute marketing initiatives designed to increase tourism and generate positive economic impact in New York state,” Gertler stated.

Boles, a Meco resident selected for her chamber position in early December, introduced herself to the committee.

She most recently worked at the Community Health Center in Johnstown as the director of community relations.

“I’ve really had nice support with my transition to the chamber,” Boles said.

In her first written tourism report to supervisors, Boles wrote: “This is an exciting time to be in tourism. It is a beautiful time of year in Fulton County. There are many winter adventures right here in our area — ice fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Or taking a ride to visit an array of shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries. Winter/tourism promotion continues at the Visitor’s Center, which is open on Saturday and Sunday during the winter months.”

Boles said the cooperative marketing program will be offered in 2020 in Fulton County, with funds available throughout the year.

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

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