Tourism approves two grants

Tourism approves two grants

The group unanimously approved a $1,200 grant for the Dakota Lawn Care Spring Fling vendor show on March 24 at the Jamestown Civic Center. The grant will be used to help advertise the event that is planned for 12 vendors that will showcase lawn and outdoor project items available in the local area, according to the application from owner John Doehler.

The event coincides with the Countryside RV Spring Into Summer Sale March 23-25 at the Civic Center. An anticipated $500,000 in spending by visitors would bring $10,020 in taxes for Jamestown, according to Doehler’s application.

“John spoke about this being a lawn care specific event,” said Emily Bivens, office manager for Jamestown Tourism. “There are home, garden and other vender shows but this is specifically lawn care with vendors and suppliers from the local area and from outside of Jamestown.”

The grant and executive advisory board members wanted to support the first-year event, Bivens said. Jamestown Tourism wants to support new projects that will bring in visitors but the goal is for the events to become self-sustaining and not rely on continued grant support, she said.

The board also approved a $5,000 grant to the National Buffalo Museum in support of its Buffalo Hall of Fame interactive kiosk project. The $6,903 project will move the Buffalo Hall of Fame display to another location in the building to allow renovation of the outdoor deck area near where the exhibit is currently located, according to Ilana Xinos, executive director of the National Buffalo Museum.

The new touch-screen kiosk exhibit will include more content related to each inductee to better tell the story than the current exhibit, she said. The kiosk follows a renovation of the room it will be located in and is expected to be completed in April, according to the grant application.

The full Jamestown Tourism Board approved 10-0 two actions in the meeting that followed the grant and executive board. The Jamestown Tourism Board approved its annual Enterprise Report to the City of Jamestown along with its revised 2018 Tourism Budget.

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