WAYNESBORO – The City of Waynesboro invests annually in tourism-oriented business endeavors, events, and projects through their grant program, “Building Opportunities tO Support Tourism (BOOST).” City businesses and organizations were invited to apply for up to $3,000 to support eligible activities such as events, festivals and projects intended to entice visitation as well as their associated marketing, design and printing costs. Funds were accessible for new and existing tourism-related endeavors taking place within the City of Waynesboro between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
“BOOST Grants are geared towards drawing visitors to Waynesboro,” says Courtney Cranor, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “In awarding these grants we are partnering with these events to support their outreach. In turn, they are working to pull more tourism spending to the area.” Tourism expenditures in Waynesboro for 2016 were $35,337,6061.
A three-person committee comprised of City employees and a representative from Virginia Tourism Corporation reviewed the 10 applications received for the program. This year, all applicants were awarded a portion of their grant request amount. The Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club, Riverfest, Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited, Waynesboro at War, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Wayne Theatre Alliance, Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Waynesboro Arts and Culture Initiative, and Blue Ridge Classic will all receive funds from the grant.
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1 2016 Figures, US Travel Association for domestic visitor spending (latest available)