Area Projects Receiving Iowa Tourism Grants

A few area organizations are among 33 in the state that have been awarded Iowa Tourism Grants, which fund tourism-related marketing initiatives.

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce is getting a ten-thousand dollar grant for their Destination Clay project, which will include professionally produced videos and photography to highlight Spencer and the natural aspects of Clay County.

The O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation is also receiving a ten-thousand dollar grant, which will go toward their Blogger Itineraries project.

The City of Emmetsburg is getting 59-hundred dollars for an outdoor recreation video.

The Iowa Tourism Office is distributing a total of nearly 300-thousand dollars in grant funding between the 33 recipients statewide.

The Tourism Office says visitors spent over 6.1-billion dollars across Iowa’s economy in 2021, an expansion of 35-percent over 2020 spending, and within five-percent of pre-pandemic levels. The direct visitor spending impact generated a total economic impact of 9.4-billion dollars in Iowa, sustained nearly 65-thousand jobs, and generated a billion dollars in state and local tax revenues in 2021.