The Kern County Board of Tradewww.kerncountyboardoftrade.com will once again provide assistance to organizations seeking funding for their visitor promotion efforts. The county’s official tourism bureau announced its schedule of workshops designed to guide would-be applicants through the process of obtaining a Kern County Tourism Promotion Grant.
Kern County Board of Supervisors has authorized up to $135,000 to be used to assist qualified groups in their efforts to attract visitors to the region. The program, administered by the Board of Trade, has provided 191 grants since 2001.
For the 3rd consecutive year, the Board of Trade will present a series of regional workshops intended to familiarize potential applicants with the program, discuss new program guidelines and points of emphasis, and answer questions about the application process.
“Each year the Board of Trade works hard to streamline the process and redefine the focus,” said Executive Director Rick Davis. “As the program evolves we try to make the process more user-friendly. These workshops give us a chance to go throughout the county to explain how the process works and make it as easy as possible to apply. The application period closes in early November. We want to help people make the best use of that time.”
A total of 4 workshops will be held during September at strategic points around the county.
The schedule kicks off Thursday, September 10 at the East Kern Airport District Board Room, 1434 Flightline Street in Mojave.
On Monday, September 14, the scene shifts to the Kern River Valley Senior Building, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., in Lake Isabella.
On Wednesday, September 16 the workshop tour moves to the West Side for a workshop at the Taft Veterans Building, 218 Taylor Street in Taft.
The final session will be held Thursday, September 24 in Bakersfield the East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2010 Ridge Road.
All workshops are scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm and run approximately 90 minutes.
“We’ve placed workshops all over the county so that any interested organization has an opportunity to participate,” said Davis. “We want to reach as many people as possible and encourage anyone applying for a tourism promotion grant to attend a workshop.”
For additional information, contact the Kern County Board of Trade at (661) 868-5376 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.