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Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Tourism Enhancement Grant
Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Tourism Enhancement Grant

June 21, 2013 – The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce announced this week that it has up to $1000 available in local tourism enhancement grants to businesses, organizations, and individuals in Dodge County. The focus of the Local Tourism Enhancement grant is to strengthen and develop Dodge County's tourism portfolio, in order to attract more visitors and increase tourism’s economic impact throughout the county.

“Tourism is one of the leading industries in Georgia and its success depends greatly on public-private partnerships.  The Local Tourism Enhancement Grant is a trend-setting example of how a local community is strongly supporting and encouraging the development and growth of its tourism assets.  The end result, more tourists and a greater economic impact, will benefit the entire community by increasing the money coming into Dodge County.  This innovative grant is a very good thing for the overall health of tourism in Eastman and Dodge County,” stated Lori Hennesy, Tourism Project Manager Magnolia Midlands Travel Region, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The Local Tourism Enhancement Grant is designed to financially support tourism development activities at the county level that sustain and create jobs within the hospitality industry of our county.  Examples include, but are not limited to:                feasibility studies or marketing studies or a combination of all the above for the creation of primary tourism product , development of a product by a Dodge County artisan, such as unique retail, art, craft, or food,  historic preservation products that add to Dodge County’s tourism product portfolio, new product construction or small business development that adds to Dodge County’s tourism product portfolio, and new tourism product development (murals, products for sale, etc.) resulting from the work of a Dodge County artisan and/or an arts program (festival, performance, etc.) that attracts tourists and strengthens the visibility of local businesses.

Applications will be accepted beginning July 1st and are due no later than August 1, 2013. For more information on the Dodge County Local Tourism Enhancement grant or an application, please call the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

 

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