The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 19, 2012

Joplin City Council to hear comments on grant proposals

JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment tonight on the use of $100,000 from the city’s motel tax to provide funding for local events next year. A public hearing on the grants will be conducted as part of the Joplin City Council meeting.

The grant requests are made to the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s advisory board, which reviews them and hears presentations before making a recommendation on which requests should be funded and for how much money.

The board received applications for more than $183,000, but it has only $100,000 for the program.

The goal is to provide funding toward advertising or expenses for events that bring visitors to the city. Eleven events by 10 organizations are represented.

After the public hearing, the council will be asked to authorize the grants.

The proposed allocations:

• Joplin Memorial Run, May 16-18, 2013, requested $20,000; the recommendation is $19,500 primarily to use for advertising, speaker fees and prize money.

• Boomtown Days Festival, June 13-15, 2013, requested $20,000; the recommendation is $19,500 to help pay for national level entertainment as well as some advertising and infrastructure costs.

• Missouri Southern State University homecoming celebration, Oct. 14-19, 2013, requested $9,580; the recommendation is $3,000 for printing and postage expenses.

• Joplin Outlaws baseball season, June 1-July 31, 2013, requested $20,000; the recommendation is $1,500 for website development directed at attracting people from out of town to attend games.

• Joplin Disc Golf Club 4 State Open, Sept. 25-27, 2013, requested $11,400; the recommendation is $7,000 for prizes and advertising.

• PhotoSpiva, March 9-May 5, 2013, requested $18,019; the recommendation is $9,000 for advertising costs outside the area.

• Spiva Center for the Arts ArtWorkers, requested $12,810; the recommendation is $9,500 for advertising and honorariums for out-of-town artists.

• National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS, Sept. 7-8, 2013, requested $20,000; the recommendation is $2,500 for entertainment and facilities.

• Dogs in Downtown, May 31-June 1, 2013, requested $20,000; the recommendation is $5,000 for entertainment.

• Rufus Racing’s Summer Roundup Triathlon and Big Time Youth Triathlon, June 28-30, 2013, requested $12,625; the recommendation is $12,000 for advertising, printing and awards.

• Historic Murphysburg’s DickensFest, Dec. 7-9, 2013, requested $19,400; the recommendation is $11,500 for entertainment and advertising.

Want to go?

The public hearing on Convention and Visitors Bureau grant funding will be held at 6 p.m. today in the City Council chambers on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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