Tourism Gives

Innkeepers tax dollars through Hamilton County Tourism have contributed $7 million in grant and support funding since 2005. A full 22% of 2017 budget will be spent on Community Development, or roughly $957,000, including:

  • Up to $15,000 Hamilton County Sports Authority grant and sponsorship funding in addition to thousands in bid securement funds
  • $80,000 Community Development grant and sponsorship funding
  • $100,000 Enterprise Fund in-year dollars, some of which could focus on projects that make a difference in tourism 
  • $32,000 Special Projects planned funding
  • $262,000 bond debt service for projects that took place in all four communities in 2012-current
  • $300,000 Nickel Plate Arts funding, a project which supports the five communities in eastern Hamilton County
  • $3,000 in partnership trade for charitable fundraising donations
  • $65,000 in marketing co-op money

 

Major projects that Hamilton County Tourism has funded include Grand Park, The Center for the Performing Arts – Palladium in Carmel, Conner Prairie Balloon Voyage and Conner House re-restoration in Fishers, Fishers Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Noblesville Welcome Center, Strawtown Koteewi Park, signage for the City of Carmel, Nickel Plate Arts campus development, ballpark enhancements throughout the county and various Zagster installations.

In addition to funding, Hamilton County Tourism regularly explores other opportunities to support community development:

  • HCT employees are given volunteer hours each year to volunteer at the organization of their choice.
  • Staff works with local experts to raise awareness about social issues that intersect with tourism, such as creation of a human trafficking training process to educate front-line hotel staff on how to identify and help potential victims of human trafficking.
  • Gift packages with goods and gift certificates from local businesses are given to charitable organizes for silent auctions, fundraisers, etc.
  • HCT has an aggressive recycling program for brochure development & distribution, uses fuel-efficient company vehicles, and recycles plastic and aluminum goods used by staff during the workday.
  • Hamilton County Tourism’s subsidiary, the Hamilton County Sports Authority, provides funding for tournaments and programs.
  • Hamilton County Tourism works with Hamilton County Economic Development to support a Business Intelligence Center designed to support community product development initiatives of all sizes, ranging from ongoing metrics and measurements to specific research about a project.

Questions about the Hamilton Count Tourism Gives grant program should be directed to: Sarah Buckner, Tourism Gives Coordinator

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Sarah Buckner

Sarah Buckner

Executive Assistant/Tourism Gives Coordinator

 

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