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Tourism and Economic Development Grants Total Nearly $400,000

Apr 28, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nineteen tourism-related projects throughout Nevada that are funded by a joint grant program of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Commission on Economic Development were approved, Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki announced today.

The grants, which total nearly $400,000, will help build or repair the infrastructure of sites crucial to the tourism industry of Nevada. The Projects Related to Tourism Grants are decided by a committee of tourism and economic development commissioners, chaired by the lieutenant governor, who also chairs both commissions.

“I see the impact of both tourism and economic development on our state’s economy every day, and it is especially true when the economy is slow that we need to invest more money in the programs that generate revenue,” Krolicki said. “Helping renovate and renew structures that draw visitors and employ residents is paramount to keeping our state economy strong.”

Among the grant recipients is the City of West Wendover, which received $10,000 for its Victory Highway Historical Walking Park. The project will include reproducing county road markers, building a stone monument and Victory Arch over the original roadway and turning the half-mile path into a walking park with informational signs about the history of the area.

Another grant of $19,520 went to the Ely Renaissance Society for phase three of its Sculpture Park. The Ely Renaissance Society has already completed 18 murals depicting the town’s history and renovated the Renaissance Village as part of the downtown public art project, which creates a visual and artistic attraction for visitors passing through on Highway 50.

Nevada Indian Territory received $16,500 to create a walking tour of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City. The tour will be self-guided with visitors using cell phones to access dramatic recordings at each of the school’s buildings, which will also be designated with signs and an informational kiosk.

“Nevada has such vast and intriguing history, and sometimes it just needs some help being explained or showcased,” tourism Director Tim Maland said. “The Stewart Indian School is a perfect example of a prime tourism attraction in need of signage and a way to tell visitors what it was like to live and attend the school – to convey a fascinating piece of our history.”

The Projects Related to Tourism Grants Program is one of two grant programs the Nevada Commission on Tourism distributes. The other grant programs is reserved solely for marketing projects that will contribute to tourism in Nevada. For more information, visit www.TravelNevada.com.