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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 1999

Governor Announces $13.8 Million In Grants For Local Tourism

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that local tourism organizations across Illinois are receiving nearly $13.8 million in state funding to promote area attractions and events.

"The success of Illinois' tourism industry is largely due to the efforts of local tourism officials. My administration is committed to supporting these efforts so that we can draw even more visitors to our state," Ryan said.

The Illinois Bureau of Tourism, a division of the state Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA), is providing the funding through two separate grant programs. The Local Tourism and Convention Bureau Program will divide nearly $13 million among the state's network of 39 certified Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Another $804,000 is being awarded to 45 local governments and not-for-profit organizations to promote tourism attractions and events across the state through the Tourism Marketing Partnership Program.

"When it comes to promoting tourism in Illinois, we believe that partnering with local groups makes the most sense," DCCA Director Pam McDonough said. "About 40 percent of our tourism budget is dedicated to local efforts, and it's an investment that's paying off for our local economies. Last year, 92 of the state's 102 counties experienced an increase in tourism-related spending, and tourism statewide pumped nearly $21 billion into our economy."

The funding for local Convention and Visitors Bureaus is distributed under a formula based on population and the generation of food/beverage and hotel/motel taxes. Promotional projects funded through the program have included travel brochures, advertising, salaries, trade show expenses, toll-free hotlines and web sites.

Local tourism and convention bureaus are not-for-profit organizations or public agencies representing one or more municipalities or counties.

The Tourism Marketing Partnership Program provides matching grants for the promotion of area attractions and events three times a year. The matching grants can be used to cover up to 60 percent of the cost of promoting a tourism event or attraction, including billboard advertising, trade show participation, market studies and web site development.

DCCA receives its funding for tourism promotion efforts through a share of the state hotel/motel tax. Attached are lists of the grant recipients.

Local Tourism and Convention Bureau Program (LTCB)
Fiscal Year 2000 Grant Awards

Grant RecipientGrant Amount
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County$ 22,239
Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 109,885
Blackhawk-Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 91,134
Bloomington-Normal Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 233,996
Carbondale Convention & Tourism Bureau $ 56,448
Champaign-Urbana Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 250,178
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau $ 2,314,858
Chicago Office of Tourism $ 1,988,322
Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 753,032
Collinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 82,603
Crossroads of Illiana Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 55,186
Danville Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 68,912
Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 134,781
DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 753,032
Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 71,248
Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 136,778
Evanston Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 90,691
Galena/JoDaviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 126,737
Galesburg Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 91,557
Greater Alton/Twin Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 118,958
Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 114,961
Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 753,032
Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 571,559
Jacksonville Visitors & Conventions Bureau $ 29,733
Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 80,605
Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 753,032
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 47,375
Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 69,586
Oak Park Visitors Bureau$ 271,891
Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 424,030
Prospect Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 126,791
Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 164,149
Quincy Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 80,810
Rockford Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 320,050
Rosemont Convention Bureau$ 744,373
Southernmost Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau $ 39,476
Southwestern Illinois Tourism & Convention Bureau$ 358,964
Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau$ 322,278
Williamson County Tourism Bureau $ 87,544
Total Awarded:$12,910,814

MARKETING PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM
FY 00
First Round Funding

NAMEPROJECTAMOUNT
Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau1999 "Illinois Holiday Guide"$10,696.95
St. Charles Convention &Vistors Bureau1999 St. Charles Scarecrow Festival Brochures$3,246.40
Ottawa Visitors CenterOttawa Visitors Center Web Site$1,525.00
Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors BureauDiscover Blackhawk Waterways$9,300.00
DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau1999 Illinois Holiday Guide/Millennium Project Vacation Guide$21,393.00
Chicago PlusChicagoland Travel Ideas Millennium Book$91,168.32
Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association (KDRMA)KDRMA Driving Tour "Extend Your Stay - Explore Our Byways"$4,680.00
Naperville Visitors Bureau/Naperville Development PartnershipWeb Site Development$10,512.50
Galena/JoDaviess County CVB1999 Summer/Autumn Advertising Campaign$30,340.35
IL Railway Museum1999 Radio Ad Campaign$4,040.00
Heritage Corridor CVB1999 "IL Holiday Guide/Millennium Project" Vacation Guide$4,813.65
Pike County Color TourPike County Fall Color Drive Brochure & Advertising$1,983.05
Western Illinois Tourism Development Office1999 "IL Holiday Guide/Millennium Project" Guide$12,223.35
Carlinville Community Chamber of CommerceCarlinville Christmas Market$4,151.60
Rail Charity Golf ClassicState Farm Rail Classic$1,918.60
Shelby County Visitors AssociationVictorian Splendor Light Festival Brochure$2,105.10
Southwestern Illinois Tourism & Convention 1999 Illinois Holiday/Millennium Vacation Guide$12,385.35
The Greater Centralia Chamber of CommerceBalloon Fest '99$2,250.41
Rend Lake Conservancy DistrictRend Lake Recreation Complex Advertising (Billboards)$22,019.52
Collinsville Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium & Office BuildingCollinsville We're On Your Way - 10th Anniversary Video$7,344.00
Oak Park Visitors BureauTrade and Consumer Advertisement 1999/2000$24,980.00
Chicago Botanic GardenChicago Official Visitors Guide/1999 IL Holiday Getaway Guide$8,222.00
Rosemont Convention Bureau1999 IL Holiday Guide/Millennium Project $9,332.55
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Foundation1999 IL Holiday Guide/Millennium Project$2,972.25
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumAdler Planetarium's Grand Reopening Campaign$30,270.50
Mayor's Office of Special Events1999 Later Summer Brochures & Ads$19,835.70
American Youth Hostels - Chicago, Inc.Hostelling International - Chicago, Phase One Marketing$8,385.00
Museum of Science and IndustryFY2000 Media Buys and Trade Shows$73,757.50
Lincoln Park ZooZooLights Festival$2,642.00
Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological SocietyYear-round Marketing Campaign$14,940.95
Navy Pier (Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority)Tourism Advertising$46,182.15
The Art Institute of ChicagoPermanent Collection Advertising$82,526.50
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio FoundationFrank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio/Robie House Brochure$9,610.00
The Field Museum of Natural HistorySpecial Exhibitions: Sounds From the Vaults & Cartier: 1900-1939$80,605.70
Chicago Cultural Center FoundationWorld Music Festival: Chicago '99$2,384.00
Lincoln Park Chamber of CommerceLincoln Park Get-Around Guide$11,395.00
Chicago Humanities FestivalNew & Old$25,350.00
Facets Multi-media, Inc./Chicago Int'l Children's Film Fest Chicago International Film Festival $7,470.00
The Greater North Michigan Avenue AssociationThe Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Holiday Activity Guide$7,852.50
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum FoundationReunion/Convention Advertising & Mass Media Campaign7,580.00
Cumberland County Development CorporationCumberland County Tourism Brochure$2,962.50
Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park"Hemingway - An Artist's Life" Film$14,220.00
Chicago Convention and Tourism BureauRe-design of Choose Chicago Web Site$24,062.50
Chicago Architecture FoundationAd Placement, 1999 Travel Planner$8,000.00
Chicago Historical SocietyAd Design & Placement, 1999 Travel Planner$20,700.00
Total Awarded$804,336.45



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