MCTA approves application, Web site expenses

For the public

The Moffat County Tourism Association board changed its monthly meeting schedule. The board plans to meet the first Wednesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public.

— The Moffat County Tourism Association board continued previously discussed projects and objectives at its Wednesday meeting.

The board approved its new grant application, which is open to anyone seeking funding for a Moffat County event or attraction.

The new application, largely similar to the 2007 application, differs from older versions in that it now requires all monies received go toward advertising or creating or expanding a new event.

In addition, MCTA funding will be paid as reimbursement to a funding recipient after he or she brings receipts to the board showing how the funding was spent.

So far, Winter Festival organizers are the lone group to submit an application for 2008. Board members said Dave Pike, city Parks and Recreation Department director, and others, have contacted MCTA about funding, but further grant applications have yet to be received.

A decision to move on a grant request for Sheep Wagon Days submitted by Melody Villard, who also is a MCTA board member, was tabled because of time constraints.

The board also made progress on its Web site redesign project.

Board members voted to approve no more than $150 to contract a firm to update the MCTA site - www.colorado-go-west.com - with new pictures of lodging businesses around the county.

The board also approved no more than $15 to reserve a new domain name, www.moffatcountytourism.com.

Board members have commented the old Web site name is too difficult for people to find, and the new site name could be a useful asset to the county.

"We are selling the people, places and story of the area to bring people in," Villard said.

Tammie Thompson-Booker, MCTA board president, encouraged anyone with an event to list on the MCTA Web site calendar e-mail the board at moffattourism@qwest.net.

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