Tourism committee hands out $69K to fuel local industry's momentum

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

After giving out more than $1 million over the first six months of 2017, the York County Tourism Grant Committee doled out another $69,000 to fund eight projects and continue the local tourism industry’s “surge of momentum.”

Five projects each received a $10,000 grant, the largest available during the committee's second round of funding, according to committee chair Eric Menzer, who is also president of the York Revolution. 

The 23rd Annual York Bike Night Parade down Market Street in York City, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The committee chose the eight projects from a pool of 26 applicants who were seeking nearly $224,000 in total funding during the second funding round, according to a news release. The winners of each award must match 25 percent of the funding they receive from the committee.

In its first year, the York County Tourism Grant Committee has provided almost $1.1 million in funding for local tourism projects. 

Winners: York City scooped up one of the top awards to help publicize the 24th annual York City Bike Night, which will be held on a Saturday next year, instead of the usual Friday-night slot, according to a news release. 

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Bike Night planners expanded the event’s footprint this year, expecting about 20,000 people to attend. The move to Saturday night could encourage more visitors from around the state and country to take part.

The Crispus Attucks Association of York will use its $10,000 grant to implement a plan to position the Goodridge Freedom Center as a “premier historic attraction” in York County, while Gifford Pinchot Disc Golf will use its $10,000 to submit a bid to host the 2019 Pennsylvania Disc Golf Amateur World Championships, according to the release.

The committee also gave a five-figure grant to the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, with the center expected to use the $10,000 to implement its plan to attract non-York County visitors.

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society will use its $10,000 to restore its historic locomotive to transport other boxcars and increase passenger capacity, according to the release.

The committee awarded the Friends of Glen Rock Borough $9,612 to grow the Glen Rock Arts & Brew Fest through expanded marketing and programming.

Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth, also known as the Rehoboth Welsh Choir, was given $4,132 to go toward a concert at The Appell Center for the Performing Arts in downtown York City.

After picking up $60,000 from the York County Tourism Grant Committee’s first funding round, the Susquehanna Folk Music Society bagged another $5,500 to market its folk concert series, according to the release.

“Grants in this round were capped at $10,000 each, but all the selected projects pack a punch and have the potential to grow tourism in all corners of York County,” Menzer said in the release. “We continue to be impressed by the ability of entrepreneurs and forward thinkers who have found ways to leverage this valuable program to bring more visitors to our community, regardless of the size of the grant award.”