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Tourism panel to award new funding in York County

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A tourism grant committee that has approved more than $1 million for projects in York County is now considering requests from applicants for 26 additional projects.

Applicants requested almost $224,000 in total funds during a recently completed second round of funding requests, York County tourism officials said Tuesday.

Applications in the round were due Aug. 1. The committee will announce funding decisions by Oct. 12.

Most recently, the committee - with its members designated by various organizations and the final grants approved by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau's board of directors – this spring awarded more than $800,000 to 18 projects.

The panel received more than 60 applications asking for a total of more than $10 million in that initial round, its officials said.

In this second round, awards are capped at $10,000 each, with state law requiring a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

The next period for grant applications will open in early 2018, with awards announced by June. There is no dollar limit on applications in that round.

Receiving funds in the first round were projects ranging from $225,000 to the City of York for Memorial Park softball field improvements to $55,350 for the York Expo Center/York Fair to host the AAU Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association's Eastern National Wrestling tournament in 2019 and 2020, and $40,000 for popular tourist destination Steam Into History to expand its operations.

The committee is chaired by Eric Menzer, president of the York Revolution baseball team, and includes: state Rep. Kate Klunk; York County Commissioner Susan Byrnes; York County Economic Alliance President and CEO Kevin Schreiber; RKL partner and visitors’ bureau board member Rob Berkebile; Springwood Hospitality CEO Dave Hogg; and Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce marketing and public relations director Katy King.

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Dave VanArsdale August 23, 2017 1:40 pm

York County is blessed to have these leaders with a vision for the future of our community.