County Executive Day Announces $278K in Tourism Grants
County Executive Ed Day and Director of Economic Development and Tourism Lucy Redzeposki announced $278,000 – more than ever before – in grants to 29 organizations promoting tourism in Rockland Monday.
“Tourism has endless benefits; it creates jobs, strengthens economies, and contributes to infrastructure development,” said County Executive Day. “When visitors explore our downtowns, eat at our restaurants, or shop in our stores, they are not just fueling our economy, they are stabilizing taxes for our residents.”
The average household in Rockland would have to pay an additional $556 in yearly property taxes to maintain current services if not for tourism-generated sales and local taxes.
“Economic development via tourism plays a major role in the health and vitality of the county,” said Economic Development and Tourism Director Lucy Redzeposki. “The organizations awarded today will be able to showcase our county and attract visitors.”
The county-funded grants are competitive and performance expectations are attached to every dollar awarded.
“We have every confidence that the organizations receiving these funds will promote the County and meet our performance expectations. We also know this will bring visitors who once they experience our theaters, art centers, riverfronts, and downtowns, will keep coming back,” concluded County Executive Day.
The grants included a $10,000 grant to the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, and a $7,500 grant to JCC Rockland.