Tourism commission seeks applicants for funds

The Economic Tourism and Development Commission is warming up for another year of ushering visitors into the city to participate in local events - and bring in greatly needed revenue.

Commissioners are currently soliciting funding applications for local tourism endeavors. Krystal Burge, ETDC chairwoman, said of the project, "We try to help with seed money for organizations that are bringing people to our community as visitors." Past seed money has been granted to the Downtown Merchants for help in promoting Lieutenant Beale Days and to softball tournament organizers whose events bring teams to Kingman, she said.

ETDC is a city commission that receives its funding largely through bed tax dollars - the tax associated with a night's stay in a hotel or motel. In turn, the commission uses that money to help fund advertising and other promotions for local events that generate overnight stays, thereby increasing Kingman's tourism trade.

Burge said ETDC soon will begin its budgeting process for the 2008-09 fiscal year, and the commission is currently seeking project applications from area organizations for consideration in that budget. ETDC will accept applications, available on the city's Web site (www.cityofkingman.gov), until 5 p.m. Jan. 24.

Each applicant must provide detailed information concerning the type of event the organization is planning, its capability to carry out the event and the positive impact the project would have on the city of Kingman. Within three months following its event, the organization must report back to ETDC about its results, including any return on the investment granted by ETDC.

For more information, call Krista Toschlog at 753-8583.