The Greenville Tourism Committee met Monday evening to hear a funding request from the I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic.
The 15th annual clinic was held at Greenville High School last month, attracting nearly 300 coaches from 7 different states. Proceeds go to the high school baseball program.
$4,000 of tourism funds were provided for the 2018 clinic.
Joe Alstat, chairman for the event, has requested $5,500 for the 2019 clinic, which is scheduled for January 20 and 21. He told the committee the extra money would be used to expand the e-mail baseball coaches contact list nationwide in an attempt to increase attendance.
Alstat reported that a survey, completed by 107 of the attendees at last month’s clinic, revealed one-third stayed in local motels and they spent at least $10,000 in Greenville over the two-day period.
The tourism committee voted unanimously to recommend to the Greenville City Council that it approve the $5,500 request for next year’s I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic.
Tourism Director Kaylee Woker reported the request form for tourism funds has been condensed to three pages. The committee and city want to make sure those marketing events with tourism funds use the new city logo.
There is no longer a requirement that tourism funds be used exclusively for marketing 50 miles outside of Greenville.
City Clerk and Finance Director Sue Ann Nelson advised the committee that work will begin soon to develop a new budget. She said the tourism fund brings in about $100,000 a year in tourism tax, collected by the motels, and about $80,000 is already set aside for recurring costs.