$25K approved by Moffat County Local Marketing District to support 2018 events | CraigDailyPress.com

$25K approved by Moffat County Local Marketing District to support 2018 events

Statistics from the Colorado Tourism Office show how tourism contributes to the economy and was part of the workshop between Moffat County Tourism Association and Local Marketing District Boards on Tuesday.
Sasha Nelson

CRAIG — If it takes money to have great events, then a decision made Tuesday may provide a boost to perennial festivities in Craig and Moffat County.

In its first allocation of 2018, six members of the Moffat County Local Marketing District board unanimously approved a measure to give $25,000 to the Moffat County Tourism Association for marketing and support of signature events, such as Grand Old West Days, Whittle the Wood and the Balloon Festival.

The decision came after a 90-minute presentation by the Moffat County Tourism Association Board describing the importance of events in bringing tourists to the community and in generating the lodging taxes that fund both LMD and MCTA.

MCTA estimates that somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000 would be needed to fully fund events in 2018, because many, such as Whittle the Wood, have plans to boost their entertainment budgets to hire performers that draw larger crowds, said MCTA Board Chair Shannon Moore.

The exact application and payment process must be worked out with the advice of lawyers, as state law restricts how each board is allowed to spend money.

So, it is not clear if the MCTA board would able to approve requests for support when its own funds are restricted to marketing.

“If need be, we’ll write the check directly to the organization doing the event rather than MCTA,” said LMD board member Rich Thompson.

Event organizers seeking funding are encouraged to contact MCTA for an application.

“We want to be sure everyone has an equal opportunity to apply for and receive these public dollars,” said MCTA Executive Director Tom Kleinschnitz.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.