Washington County TDC discusses discontinuing grant program

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Tourism Development Council may be getting out of the grant awarding business.

Members discussed funding options during the TDC workshop on Monday, and decided to hold a workshop in May or June to further discuss options for promoting Washington County events outside of outright fund disbursements.

“When I first came on this board, the TDC was seen as a big old fat cow,” said Council Chairman Joel Pate. Council funds have dwindled over the years, and Council Member  Scott Sweeney said he didn’t think giving out grants was the best use of the TDC’s limited resources.

The TDC traditionally has given grants of up to $2,000 to community events with the stipulation that the funds be used for advertising. Over the past two years, the TDC had been cutting down the amounts the various events.

“I think the TDC should be in charge of promotion for events in the county,” Sweeney said. “We could buy big blocks of advertising on radio stations, such as Beach 95.1, and promote the various events.”

Sweeney also noted that updating the TDC website, another project the council has been working on, can be instrumental in promoting events in the county.

“We have discussed this in the past,” Council Member Ted Everett said. “I agree, we can buy a lot of advertising with the same funds by the block.”

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