Mon., November 21, 2011 5:41am (EST)

State Awards Tourism Grants
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Georgia Department of Economic Development selected 23 tourism grant winners from a total of 82 applicants statewide seeking more than $1.2 million in requests. The Springer Opera House in Columbus is one of the recipients. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericdege/62498537/ >ericdege via Flickr</a>.)
The Georgia Department of Economic Development selected 23 tourism grant winners from a total of 82 applicants statewide seeking more than $1.2 million in requests. The Springer Opera House in Columbus is one of the recipients. (Photo Courtesy of ericdege via Flickr.)
A Georgia state agency is awarding $200,000 in grants to 23 Georgia municipalities, museums and other attractions that work to draw tourists to the state.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development selected the grant winners from a total of 82 applicants statewide seeking more than $1.2 million in requests.

The money will go to support tourism development in cities such as Ringgold, Sylvester and Thomasville as well as to attractions such as Horse Creek Winery in Nashville and the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon.

State tourism officials say applications for the grants more than doubled compared to a year ago.

Recipients of the 2012 Tourism Product Development Grants include:


Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (Fannin County)


Clayton County


Dalton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Horse Creek Winery (Nashville)


City of Homerville


Carroll County Board of Commissioners


Flannery O'Conner-Andalusia Foundation (Milledgeville)


Carrollton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


City of Sylvester


Friends of Downtown Americus


City of Thomasville


City of Ringgold


Springfield Revitalization Corp.


Chattooga County


Sautee Nacoochee Community Center


Lafayette Society for the Performing Arts (LaGrange)


Phoenix Academy Theatre, Inc. (Avondale Estates)


Tubman African American Museum (Macon)


City of Moultrie


Aurora Theatre, Inc. (Lawrenceville)


Springer Opera House (Columbus)


Atlanta Preservation Center