The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) awarded $344,000 in grants given to tourism-related projects that will benefit the Washington County/Tualatin Valley tourism industry.
The WCVA’s Tourism Development Grant Program provides matching grants to government entities and 501(c) non-profit organizations in Washington County for the development or redevelopment of a tourism-related product.
The program supports entities with projects and programs that the WCVA Board of Directors believes have extraordinary merit and will positively impact and increase overnight visitation to Washington County, and funds are intended to be invested in the development of assets that will directly lead to an increase in visitors to Washington County.
The Salmonberry Trail was awarded $200,000, to assist with detailed planning and engineering field study related to the segment of the trail located in Washington County, as well as administrative support to hire a project manager to oversee this ambitious project. The study will lead to the construction of a 20-mile trail segment connecting the existing Banks-Vernonia State Trail to the Tillamook State Forest.
Bag&Baggage Theatre Company was awarded $35,000 to help build out its performance space and install theatrical technology, including lighting and curtains, as well as the creation of public spaces to include a gallery area.
City of North Plains was awarded $35,000 for a mural enhancement project, which will include the installation of sidewalks, lighting, benches, bike stations, interpretive signage.
North Plains Chamber of Commerce was awarded $35,000 for wayfinding signs around the city of North Plains. Signs will direct visitors to the city center and local businesses and attractions.
The City of Banks was awarded $30,000 for the expansion of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail parking lot, which will add 20 spaces for user of the trail and other city events.
The Westside Cultural Alliance was awarded $9,000 for the creation of a website, which will serve as a communication hub for all arts, cultural and heritage news, information, events and resources.