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Wood County Industrial Commission

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Hotel/Motel Tax fund grant applications due to WCIC
By JOHN SPARKS

Meeting in regular session Thursday, August 7 at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, the board of the Wood County Industrial Commission (WCIC) acknowledged a call for applications for grants from the group's Hotel/Motel Tax fund for projects and events to be conducted in the 08-09 fiscal year.


In announcing the continuation of a long-standing marketing support program for local initiatives to boost tourism and overnight stays in Wood County, Gary McKinley WCIC Executive Director said, "Successful proposals will show clearly how they plan to attract overnight visitors to Wood County." McKinley added, " For projects that have been around for a while, survey data will be important for determining the merits of the project for funding support. New projects should include a good business plan and marketing strategy for bringing overnight visitors to Wood County."

Funds collected by the Hotel/Motel tax (4-percent for Wood County hospitality enterprises) support this program of the WCIC. Approximately $10,000 has been budgeted for the 08-09 program year. Deadline for application submission is September 25. Last year six applications were received with each receiving a grant in support of their endeavors, including the Hawkins Oil Festival.


Directors also reviewed progress on eight initiatives that have been identified to increase tourism in the county. As a part of that review they viewed a draft version of a promotional DVD developed by a committee headed by director David Chenault, Mineola. Director Neal Duncan, also a member of that committee reported production costs of approximately $1,600 to produce 1,000 of the DVD's.

McKinley reported sales tax applications for new businesses in Wood County during June 2008 totaled 27 compared with 37 last year. The next meeting of the Wood County Industrial Commission is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2008.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:13  

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