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Tourism funds a variety of events; requests being accepted

The Davie County Chamber and Davie County Tourism accept grant requests annually for projects that positively impact tourism in Davie County.

The chamber owears many hats. In addition to serving as the catalyst for business growth and economic development, the chamber promotes the community through county-wide tourism initiatives and is home to the Davie County Visitor Center which is filled with free regional brochures and maps.

One of the chamber’s tourism initiatives is DiscoverDavieCounty.com which features all of Davie County’s restaurants, shops and attractions. Discover Davie County Facebook and Instagram share upcoming events and contests. The chamber’s website offers an events calendar and everyone is encouraged to sign up for the weekly events e-newsletter. Business owners are invited to join the Discover Davie County Tourism Networking Group.

“We are a conduit of information and a county-wide one-stop shop for events and fun activities to do with family and friends,” said Chamber President Caroline Moser.

She said a large portion of the chamber’s tourism budget, funded through the county’s hotel occupancy tax, also goes to support local organizations that “help make Davie County the unique place that we all know and love” through tourism grants. “Over the years we have had the opportunity to support dozens of special organizations and programs.”

Grant applications are reviewed by the Davie County Tourism Advisory Board which serves to assist with the development and marketing of Davie’s tourism attractions, assets, and potential tourism sites; and to encourage the economic development of Davie through travel and tourism. The advisory board is comprised of Davie business leaders who provide advice and perspectives.

This year, the advisory board is presenting grants to  five organizations.

• Davie County Arts Council – RiverWalk Arts Festival;

• Davie County Recreation and Parks – 2021 Summer Concert Series at Davie County Community Park;

• Farmington Community Association – signage and advertising for the Farmington Nature Park and Cycling Davie events;

• Park at Lake Louise  Picnic Pavilion;

• RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls – refurbish and update entrance sign.

Organizations should apply for funding during the 2022 grant cycle which opens on Jan. 1, 2022 and closes on Feb. 28. Those interested in applying should email the chamber at Chamber@daviecounty.com.