Committee received $20,000 from county program to fund local tourism projects

With the topic of increasing tourism on the front of everyone’s mind in the Estacada business community, especially during this election, a $20,000 grant might be just what the doctor ordered.

Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs awarded the grant to the Estacada Tourism Committee through the Community Partnership Program to be used to fund tourism-related projects in the Estacada area.

In the past, these projects have included a video for Philip Foster Farm, advertising materials for the Fourth of July event, the upgrading of the reader board by the timber park and funding for the whitewater festival.

“It’s for anything that is going to enhance tourism and make people linger longer,” Connie Redmond, the committee chair, said. “In the past we have nickel-and-dimed it, but we want to look at some fairly good sized projects.”

One event that will likely be added to the mix this year is the Festival of the Fungus, which was excluded last year because of its newness. Now that the event is well established, however, it’s more likely to receive funding.

The money came from the overnight lodging tax, from which cities receive the $20,000 grant. Now that the money is in place, there will be a workshop at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 in City Hall that advises people how to apply. From there, a public hearing will be held Nov. 19 to review the applications, seek out more information and make a decision as to which projects will receive funding.

“If enhancing tourism means advertising, then that’s what we’ll do,” Redmond said. “Anything we can do to make people linger. Most places use it to promote overnight stay, but we don’t have that much here, so we focus on keeping people here longer, to look at the murals, or the historic district, or whatever.”

One project Redmond said might be considered is the Park and Ride, however that project alone would require $20,000, so it won’t be completely paid for by whatever portion of the grant it may or may not receive.

For more information, contact Redmond at 503-630-3483.

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