Some Area Counties Get Tourism Grants

  • Friday, October 27, 2023

Tourism is getting a boost in communities across Tennessee, as the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced on Friday that the state awarded 29 communities over $2.22 million in Tourism Enhancement Grants. 

Tennessee’s Tourism Enhancement Grants support cities and counties seeking to invest in their local tourism assets, lift visitation and increase economic impact. Eligible projects include stages, signage, historic preservation, ADA compliancy and other improvements to local attractions and venues.

“Tourism is vital for the growth and sustainability of communities throughout Tennessee, especially in our rural communities,” said Melanie Beauchamp, Assistant Commissioner of Rural Tourism and Outreach, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “These projects create opportunities for visitors, enhance the quality of life for residents and ultimately, bring more funds back into the communities.”

“We’ve seen first-hand how tourism can transform communities,” said Commissioner Mark Ezell, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Tourism development is economic development, and these investments are essential to Governor Lee’s mission to expand opportunity for rural Tennesseans.”

Tourism enhancement grants were awarded to 10 at-risk and distressed communities. The list of awardees follows, with a full list of projects here.

Organization County
Award
Anderson County Anderson
$100,000.00
Town of Bell Buckle Bedford
$35,000.00
City of Maryville Blount
$100,000.00
Decatur County Decatur
$100,000.00
City of Smithville DeKalb
$75,000.00
City of Dyersburg Dyer
$100,000.00
Town of Tracy City Grundy
$88,350.00
City of Bolivar Hardeman
$28,500.00
Hawkins County Hawkins
$100,000.00
Hickman County Hickman
$11,500.00
Town of Dandridge Jefferson
$100,000.00
Johnson County Johnson
$31,500.00
Lauderdale County Lauderdale
$4,987.50
Lewis County Lewis
$76,000.00
City of South Pittsburg Marion
$90,000.00
City of Columbia Maury
$100,000.00
Maury County Maury
$100,000.00
Meigs County Meigs
$50,350.00
Moore County Moore
$48,825.00
Perry County Perry
$100,000.00
Putnam County Putnam
$100,000.00
Town of Monterey Putnam
$100,000.00
Sequatchie County Sequatchie
$100,000.00
City of Sevierville Sevier
$100,000.00
City of Kingsport Sullivan
$100,000.00
Union County Union
$100,000.00
Johnson City Washington
$15,000.00
City of Martin Weakley
$67,720.00
White County White
$100,000.00

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