oneida-county-tourism.JPGUtica, N.Y. - Oneida County Tourism (OCT) is pleased to announce the grant recipients of its new competitive grant program, the Tourism Marketing Grant Assistance Program (MGAP). The grant awards will provide financial assistance for the promotion of tourism attractions, events and activities taking place in Oneida County, New York.  The Grant Award Presentations will take place Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road, Utica.  Media representatives are invited to attend.
COMPANY

AWARD

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

5,625.00

ATC Endurance/Delta Lake Triathlon

2,853.00

Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce

3,750.00

Boonville-Oneida County Fair

4,500.00

Boonville Snow Festival II

3,750.00

Capitol Civic Center

2,000.00

Clinton Chamber of Commerce

4,612.00

Fish Creek Cabin Resorts

5,625.00

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

3,750.00

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

5,400.00

NYS Woodsmen's Field Days, Inc.

                     6,000.00

Oneida County Public Market

4,749.00

Rome Art & Community Center

3,750.00

Historic Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

4,500.00

Sylvan-Verona Beach Resort Association

4,500.00

Tri-City LaCrosse

1,461.00

Trout Power

3,750.00

Utica Curling Club

1,500.00

Utica Zoological Society

3,750.00

Village of Sylvan Beach

6,000.00

Oneida County Tourism dedicated $81,825.00 to fund the Tourism Marketing Grant Assistance Program (MGAP) which is approximately 12% of the Oneida County Occupancy Tax (bed tax) receipts.  Minimum grant requests were $1,000.00 with maximum grant requests $7,500.00. The program was open to for-profit and non-profit tourism related businesses and organizations in Oneida County.  Examples of eligible grant activities include advertising placements, website development, direct mail, travel show expenses, and printing of promotional materials.  Goals of the OCT MGAP program are to:
  1. Expand the advertising reach of tourism businesses and organizations beyond Oneida County
  2. Promote a positive image and increase awareness of Oneida County's attractions and events
  3. Increase overnight stays in Oneida County lodging facilities
An independent Grant Review Panel reviewed and evaluated 31 applications as per the guidelines and made recommendations for 20 grant awards to the Oneida County Tourism Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors approved the awards May 8, 2012. The seven member Grant Review Panel is comprised of business professionals working in Oneida County including one (1) marketing professional, two (2) media professionals, one (1) lodging/hospitality industry professional, one (1) Oneida County Tourism Board Member, and two (2) At Large Business Professionals. The Application, Grant Guidelines and complete details can be found at www.OneidaCountyTourism.com/.

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Contact:

 Kelly Blazosky

315.724.7221

kelly@oneidacountytourism.com