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Marion County Up And Coming Entertainment Spots

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 12:49 pm

 LACIE SILVA – Editor

Up and coming areas like Marion County are developing entertainment spots and the Tennessee State Tourism Enhancement Grant could add up to $100,000 for applicants like Jasper and South Pittsburg.

Marion County is considered transitional according to the Department of Tourist Development. Tourism is considered the largest industry and primary economic driver of Tennessee. This grant was developed by the department to help communities augment tourism resources and boost the economic benefits derived from tourism.

Marion County ranks 34th out of the 95 counties in Tennessee, which is up from 35 in 2022. During their individual city meetings in preceding months, both Jasper and South Pittsburg voted to endorse grant applications for their respective cities.

Applications opened on July 17, and were due on September 1. The review and scoring period followed between September 5 through 8. Announcements for awards will be made on October 2.

Approximately 25-30 grants will be awarded for grantees of which must be city or county governments. However, applications could be submitted from multiple applicants within a county. Up to $100,000 will be granted to matches that meet the specific requirement referenced on page 2 of the application available on the website, https://www.tn.gov/tourism/statewide-partners/tourism-enhancement-grant.html.

Jasper shared their intentions to construct a new community stage. In South Pittsburg, there was a discussion about applying for the grant at two different locations in the city, but could not be reached to confirm whether the application was submitted or obtain specific details.

As per the information on the website, the project must be completed on property owned by the city, county, or IDB. Alternatively, it can be located on property leased from TVA or the US Army Corps of Engineers, provided it complies with the specified lease requirements. After announcement of award winners, the contracts will be signed on November 3 and construction can begin.

If either or both cities are selected for the grant Marion County can look forward to a new source of tourism enhancement in revenue supporting the community.

The Marion Tribune – September 14, 2023