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OBPA closer in loop for $1 million tourism grant

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is apparently closer to being considered favorably for a $1 million Northern New York tourism grant.

OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis said that a “high priority” status has been accorded by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to his agency’s lead role in submitting a consolidated funding application for the grant from the state’s MarketNY program.

“That’s an important designation,” he said of the council’s acknowledgement. “That helps bring us to the head of the list.”

MarketNY provides funding for specific tourism promotion activities such as websites, advertising, consumer shows and promotional materials.

The specific tourism activities, requested funding allocations and local agencies proposed to be in charge of them are:

n Fishing: $170,000; local funding/in-kind services, $45,000; St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce/FISHCAP.

n Motorcycle touring: $251,000; local funding/in-kind services, $25,000; Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.

n Boating: $251,000; local funding/in-kind services, $27,500; Thousand Islands Regional Tourism Development Corp. and other Thousand Islands and Adirondack tourism promotion agencies

n Paddling: $102,500; local funding/in-kind services, $47,500; several local tourism promotion agencies.

n Canadian/Quebec marketing: $117,750; local funding/in-kind services, $15,000; Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Essex County.

n ”I Eat, Play, Love Northern New York” blogger contest with users posting favorite activities: $70,000; local funding/in-kind services, $30,000; Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and other Thousand Islands and Adirondack tourism promotion agencies.

n Frontline Sales Initiative training for tourism staff: $115,000; local funding/in-kind services, $10,000; Thousand Islands Regional Tourism Development Corp. and other Thousand Islands and Adirondack tourism promotion agencies.

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