City council approves $126K in tourism grants |

City council approves $126K in tourism grants

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously approved $126,200 for financial support of 17 events this year as part of the Tourism Promotion Grants. The funds come from money through the Glenwood Springs accommodations tax.

Recommendations were made by the Financial Advisory Board and were sent to council for approval at its March 19 meeting. More than $40,000 remain to be awarded for 2009.

A few of the major recipients were familiar events such as the Downtown Business Association receiving $25,000 for the Holiday Lights Fund. Others included $20,000 for the Glenwood Whitewater Park events, which will help pay for the U.S. National Team Trials the end of May. The money will be used for capital improvements at the site of the whitewater park, and will also pay for specific event expenditures like port-a-potties, transportation, traffic control, and barricades during the event.

Summer of Jazz received $12,000 with another $8,000 coming from the discretionary grants. The city’s Fourth of July festivities also received $12,000 with an additional $8,000 to come from the discretionary grants.

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Council also approved $2,500 for “Pumpkins and landscaping” at Crazy Creeks Mini Golf, formerly Johnson Mini-Golf. Mayor Bruce Christensen commented that the funds were for a Halloween event and that the FAB felt that the landscaping would enhance Highway 6.

One major point of discussion was Christensen’s concerns regarding Sunlight Mountain Resort’s grant for $7,500 for this year’s Ski Spree event. According to the city council meeting minutes from March 19, Christensen said that Sunlight should not request future funds if Ski Spree was scheduled on the same weekend as another major valley event such as X-Games, as it was this year.

At tonight’s City Council meeting, councilors will discuss an additional $6,500 in Tourism Grants be awarded. Those grants include $3,500 for the TRI-Glenwood Triathlon, $1,500 for the Glenwood Railroad Museum, and $1,500 for Sunrise Rotary Club’s Wounded Warrior and Family Program. These were initially applied through the discretionary funds, but FAB members thought that the events should be funded through the tourism funds.

Council will also discuss $64,500 in discretionary grant approvals. The funds for which are raised from sales tax revenues.

– A work session to discuss an increases in utility rates.

– A discussion regarding council’s resolution authorizing and supporting a submission of an Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant Application to the Colorado State Department of Local Affairs. The grant would fund a portion of the phase two construction of the Glenwood Whitewater Park.

– Discussion regarding a request by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association to use reserve funds for a summer promotional campaign.

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