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Department of Economic Development Announces 2012 Tourism Marketing Grants

(Lincoln, Neb.) The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced 27 tourism marketing grants totaling nearly $125,000 for entities across the state. Grants are used to promote a variety of attractions and events in Nebraska, and are administered by DED’s Travel and Tourism Division.

“Grants provided through this program are especially needed when economic times are challenging,” said Gov. Dave Heineman. “Travel and tourism has had a long history of growth in Nebraska and provides income and employment opportunities throughout the state, including in our most rural areas.” 

Funding for tourism marketing grants comes from revenue generated by the state lodging tax. Applicants included 74 proposals requesting nearly $518,000 in grants. 

“These marketing grants help Nebraska communities attract and respond to potential travelers,” said Catherine Lang, DED director. “Communities take pride in what they have to offer, and these grants help leverage a variety of efforts to spread the word about Nebraska’s many attractions and events to visit in our state.”

Grant recipients include:

  • Grow Garden County’s West Nebraska Art Tour: $5,700 for brochures and magazine advertising
  • Southeast Nebraska Tourism Council: $4,700 for regional website redesign
  • Adams County CVB’s Destination Live Music Campaign: $9,912 for newspaper, magazine and radio advertising
  • North Platte/Lincoln County CVB: $10,000 for website redesign
  • Kearney Visitors Bureau: $3,500 for video updates
  • Wessels Living History Farm: $6,750 for television advertising
  • Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus: $2,740 for meeting planners guide
  • Minden Chamber of Commerce and Minden Opera House: $3,750 for website redesign
  • Heritage Highway 136: $2,696 for newspaper and magazine advertising
  • Omaha Symphony: $6,600 for website redesign
  • Crane Watch Festival in Communities of Kearney, Gibbon and Minden: $5,130 for television, magazine and newspaper advertising
  • Lincoln Highway Centennial Planning Committee: $8,638 for television advertising
  • Stuhr Museum/Hastings Museum Summer Cooperative Campaign: $2,000 for newspaper and magazine advertising
  • Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing Grand Island and the State Fair to Western Nebraska: $3,049 for direct mail campaign
  • Willa Cather Foundation: $5,912 for magazine advertising
  • Original Town Association’s Rail Fest 2012: $5,385 for magazine and newspaper advertising
  • NEXT Young Professionals’ Best of the West Festival: $2,150 for radio advertising
  • Crane River Theater Company: $2,318 for television advertising
  • Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art: $7,375 for radio and magazine advertising
  • Northwest Nebraska High Country: $2,500 for website development
  • Columbus/Platte County CVB’s Lincoln Highway Marketing: $5,950 for magazine advertising
  • City of Cambridge and Cross Creek Golf Links: $3,618.75 for website development and brochures
  • Keith County Visitors Committee’s Bird Watching Campaign: $2,400 for brochures and magazine advertising
  • Central City Area Chamber of Commerce’s State and National Corn Husking Contest: $2,125 for television and magazine advertising
  • Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival: $3,990 for website development and magazine and radio advertising
  • Great American Comedy Festival: $2,500 for magazine advertising
  • Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway’s Follow the Rails Art Trail: $2,700 for brochures, radio and newspaper advertising



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