The Commonwealth of Virginia is doling out $773,000 for tourism projects across the state. Local entities getting the money agree to throw in two bucks for every state dollar they get.
“This program is another example of how we can help build a new Virginia economy, providing good jobs for our citizens and revenue for our communities,” says Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The Virginia tourism department says those dollars invested in tourism provide a 5:1 return in tax revenue for the commonwealth, and a stimulus to local businesses in areas that got grants.
A minimum of three local Virginia entities must partner financially to apply for a state grant. Partners may consist of Virginia cities, towns, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other not-for-profit entities.
Funds for 51 projects were handed out. The highest grants were $50,000. There were several of those. The smallest award was $1,450.for a Waynesboro-area tourism website.
Among the projects: the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach got $50,000; the Virginia Beach Chill festival received $25,000; and, the Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Marketing Program won $15,575. Oh, the Valentine Tours — awarded $5,000.
Here’s the entire list.