Governor Janet Napolitano announced on June 9 that the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is awarding $1.1 million in matching grants to rural and metropolitan tourism organizations for fiscal year 2005.
Jessica Monsegur, Executive Director of the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, attended the awards announcement held at the State Capitol in Phoenix, and accepted the award of $5,814 in matching funds from Governor Janet Napolitano.
“The Winslow Chamber of Commerce received the grant to help promote Winslow,” said Monsegur in a faxed statement to The Winslow Mail.
AOT Director Margie A. Emmerman joined Governor Napolitano in recognizing the recipients of AOT’s Teamwork for Effective Arizona Marketing (TEAM) grants, a program that enables communities and organizations throughout Arizona to promote their tourism offerings. TEAM grants fun advertising, public relations campaigns, research and strategic planning and other tourism-related marketing.
The grants are awarded to communities, regional tourism partnerships, tribal entities, statewide associations and non-profit organizations that meet the program requirements and are able to match the requested funds. Sixty-three organizations earned matching funds for fiscal y ear 2005, ranging from $851 to $120,000. Total awards were $1,175,801, a 20 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The increase in TEAM grant awards was a direct result of AOT receiving a budget increase for fiscal year 2005.
“The TEAM program touches dozens of Arizona communities and tribes each year by offering them the financial support and marketing expertise they need to succeed in a highly competitive tourism market,” said Governor Napolitano. “This grant program has successfully promoted economic development through tourism promotion for many years, offering each community and tribe the opportunity to tell its own unique story to visitors from all over the world.”
All applicants must attend one of the TEAM workshops held statewide by AOT to gain eligibility. The workshops educate the participants on developing a marketing plan with measurable results and writing an effective grant application. Tourism specialists from Arizona’s three major universities evaluate the applications.
“We are thrilled that the increase in AOT’s budget will have a direct and immediate effect on tourism organizations around the state,” said Emmerman. “These grants are a critical part of statewide tourism promotion and the additional funding enables Arizona’s tourism industry to continue its role as a vital economic driver.”
Established in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism is charged with enhancing the economy of the state through development and expansion of the tourism industry. AOT works to serve the Arizona travel industry and related businesses, the traveling public and the taxpayers of Arizona.
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