Midstate agencies get economic grants

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s tourism division awarded cooperative tourism marketing grants of $500,000 among 41 communities in the state.

Among those in Middle Georgia included in the grant are the Macon Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Milledgeville CVB, the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon and the Upson County Chamber of Commerce.

The program helps agencies reach a larger audience through marketing projects that they wouldn’t be able to fund on their own.

There were 82 applications for the grant. Independent judges scored the applications based on several factors, including economic impact, project goals and objectives, benefit to the community, positive impact and the ability to attract and service visitors.