TDC board discusses website, logo

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM.

The board members also discussed several logo designs that were presented as possible art for a new TDC logo. Sweeney said the TDC needs a logo that represents the organization, but also represents the region. Several examples were discussed, and some modifications were suggested to the sample logos before they will be presented again to the full board in October.

The Riverway South project is in the process of securing a grant to pay for 50 percent of the salary for a program administrator, Lopez reported. Advertisements have been placed in local newspapers and on the internet, and the search is being conducted through the Workforce Development office in Marianna. The goal is to have a candidate hired by Oct. 22, she said.

The TDC board, under its bylaws, was able to only set the date and time of the next meeting when the regular meeting convened Monday. The board did discuss whether or not to hold a special meeting to consider the grant request submitted by the Washington County Scholarship Trust, Inc., requesting $1,500 for the Pulling for Education tractor pull, to be held on Oct. 13. The grant request was submitted by Sandra Cook.

After discussion, the board decided that due to the late date at which the application was submitted, and the fact that the tractor pull had not been budgeted for funds this year due to the “weening” program the board had followed the last few years, there would not be a need to consider the grant request at a special meeting.

The “weening” process involved grants being handed out for less and less money over a period of years, Town said. Once an organization was at a zero balance, they could reapply for grants, even with the possibility of having an increasing amount of grant money, provided the organization could bring the TDC data to show they were bringing tourism to the county.

“I think they could have submitted this application much earlier,” Richmond said. She added that one of the requirements for groups applying for grants after they had been that the events have a “new wrinkle” when they reapplied. “This looks like the same event it always was,” she said.

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