Governor Announces $1.6 Million In Local Tourism Grants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2000
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling more than $1.6 million have been awarded to 53 communities and organizations to help develop and market local tourism attractions.
The grants will be used to fund a wide array of projects, including hosting of the 2000 U.S. Women's Open Championship in Lake County, relocating an historic aviation hangar in Boone County, helping the Paris Chamber of Commerce pay for the cost of tourism brochures, and funding a gas balloon race in Danville.
"Tourism generates billions for the Illinois economy," Ryan said. "By supporting local tourism efforts, we are helping create economic development opportunities across the entire state. These grants will help promote events and attractions that can prompt the expenditure of tourism dollars throughout Illinois."
The grants are administered by the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' (DCCA) Bureau of Tourism. Nearly $480,000 in Tourism Marketing Partnership grants, nearly $570,000 in Tourism Attraction Development grants, and nearly $561,000 in Tourism Private Sector grants are being awarded today.
"All of these grant programs give us the ability to work closely with local organizations to promote tourism in Illinois," DCCA Director Pam McDonough said. "It is these efforts at the local level that are the foundation for the phenomenal growth we have seen in tourism spending in recent years."
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 a portion of the cost of promoting a tourism event or attraction, including billboard advertising, trade show participation, market studies and web site development.
The Tourism Attraction Development Grant Program provides grants to municipalities, counties and local not-for-profit groups for the development and improvement of tourist attractions.
The Tourism Private Sector Grant Program provides grants to match funds from private sector sources to attract and host new regional, national or international events which produce economic impact for the State of Illinois.
Tourism promotion efforts are funded by a share of the state hotel/motel tax. Attached is a list of grant recipients.
Tourism Attraction Development Grants
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, Cook County will receive a $100,000 grant for the creation/installation of brass plaques, the cost of purchasing and labor in pouring colored concrete to be used in conjunction with construction of the Commemorative Walkway within the $2.2 million Hillary Rodham Clinton Park. The concrete walkway will contain plaques commemorating 400 Chicago women who have made a difference in the Chicago Community.
Naperville Development Partnership, Naperville, Illinois, DuPage County will receive $100,000 grant for materials and labor to erect the structural steel component, for construction of the Naperville Millennium Carillon. the Carillon will be of concert quality and be one of only four in the country, and one of ten in the world that spans six octaves. The tower will contain 72 bells ranging in size from 11 pounds to the largest bell at over 5 tons.
The Canal Corridor Association, Chicago, Grundy & LaSalle Counties, will receive a $69,365 grant to conduct a feasibility study for the communities of LaSalle, Peru, and Utica to determine the potential for tourism development, the needs for infrastructure and the feasibility of connecting the I & M Canal Trail with the Hegeler Carus Mansion. Funds will also be used to develop a Canal Boat Interpretive Plan and the feasibility of developing an unused ComEd building as a Canalport Center.
Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association, Inc., Poplar Grove, Boone, County will receive a $100,000 grant for the removal of one of aviation's early hangars from Crites Field in Waukesha, Wisconsin and for its reconstruction and renovation at a site adjacent to the Poplar Grove Airport. The hangar will be used as the focal part of a museum complex and is suitable for aircraft displays, hand's on and static displays and as a base of operations for events such as fly-ins, group tours, automobile and airplane shows. The hangar will be complimented by other historic buildings with early transportation history displays and exhibits.
Illinois Funeral Directors Association, Springfield, Sangamon, County, Illinois will receive a $100,000 grant to construct a 5,000 square foot museum at 1440 Monument Avenue, which will be a historical museum with a regular rotation of funeral artifacts reflecting funeral customs in the United States going back to the Civil War. The museum will be located at the entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery and will complement what visitors see at Lincoln's Tomb.
The American Youth Hostels - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois will receive $100,000 grant for the millwork within the reception, information and travel center areas of the Hostel. These are the primary spaces where visitors will be welcomed to Chicago and interact with the hostel staff. The 500-bed hostel will be located in a seven-story building being renovated at 24 East Congress Parkway in Chicago.
Tourism Private Sector Grants
The Danville Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau will receive $59,000 for costs associated with the 2000 Gas Air Balloon National and World Championship Points Race on June 9 - 11 in Danville, Illinois.
The Lake County Convention and Visitor's Bureau will receive $305,999 for costs associated with hosting the 2000 U.S. Women's Open Championship July 17 - 23 at the Merit Club in Libertyville.
Jacksonville Raceway, Incorporated receives $21,000 to help host the 2000 Midwest Midget Nationals in Jacksonville on August 11-12.
Track Enterprises, Inc. will receive $25,000 for expenses associated with hosting the Illinois Short Track Nationals to be held in Farmer City on October 5-6.
City of Chicago, Mayor's Office of Special Events, receives $125,000 to help host the July 20 - 22, 2000 BASS Masters Classic in Chicago.
Decatur Softball Booster Club receives $25,000 for costs associated with the 2000 ASA Men's 40 and Older National Fastpitch Softball Championship, August 23 -27, 2000.
Marketing Partnership Program Grant Awards