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      Nebraska Tourism Commission Awards Marketing Grants to Promote the State

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      TheNebraska Tourism Commission has awarded 23 tourism marketing grants to sites across the state.

      The grants totaling nearly $125,000 will be used to encourage travelers to come see the attractions and activities in Nebraska.

      "Thegrant program helps Nebraska communities spread the word about what Nebraskahas to offer potential travelers," said Nebraska Tourism Director KathyMcKillip.

      The funding for the grants comes from the state lodging tax. Grant proposals were received from 68 applicants requesting nearly$500,000 in funding.

      Grant recipients include:

      • Lincoln's Abbott Sports Complex: $6,000for magazine advertising
      • Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau:$7,500 for photo library enhancements
      • Calamus Outfitters, Destination CentralNebraska Marketing Campaign: $9,385 for radio advertising
      • Ravenna Economic DevelopmentCorporation's Revamp MyRavenna: $4,500 for website enhancement
      • Museum of Nebraska Art, CulturalDestination Kearney Marketing Campaign: $4,800 for radio and newspaperadvertising
      • Nebraska Association of Bed andBreakfasts, the NABB Way to Stay Awareness Campaign: $5,593.75 for photography,videography and website enhancements
      • Brownville Concert Series: $3,900 forradio advertising
      • Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, I LoveValley County Video: $7,750 for video production
      • Friends of Lewis & ClarkBicentennial's Welcome to Lewis & Clark Country Campaign: $10,000 fornewspaper advertising
      • Cherry County Tourism: $6,667 forwebsite enhancements
      • Southwest Nebraska Resource,Conservation and Development District's promotion of Prairie Chicken DanceTours: $3,515 for website development, brochures, banner advertising andmagazine advertising
      • Omaha's Love of Art and Music Festival:$2,500 for television advertising
      • Strategic Air & Space Museum ExploreBoardMarketing: $6,282 for ExploreBoards
      • Boys Town's Central Nebraska FamilyFocus Program: $9,601.62 for newspaper advertising, billboards and websiteenhancement
      • Nebraska City Museum Association: $2,000for brochures
      • Burt County Economic Development,Marketing Summit Lake Recreation Area and Burt County: $2,025 for newspaperadvertising and brochures
      • Kearney Visitors Bureau: $10,000 forwebsite development
      • Kool-Aid Days 2013 Out-of-State SpringMarketing Campaign: $8,120 for billboards and digital advertising
      • Gering's Legacy of the Plains: $2,310for logo design and website development
      • Beatrice's Homestead Days 2013: $3,000for television advertising
      • Burton's Bend Music Festival inHolbrook: $2,500 for television advertising
      • David City's Bone Creek Museum ofAgrarian Art Public Awareness Campaign: $5,000 for radio, television andnewspaper advertising
      • North Platte Convention and VisitorsBureau: $2,038 for marketing banners
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