The city of Cleveland is the recipient of a $50,000 grant to assist with tourism infrastructure assets.
Cleveland is one of 29 Tennessee communities receiving tourist enhancement grants, Gov. Bill Haslam said in making the announcement. The combined 29 grants total nearly $1 million.
"The funds for this grant will be used to enhance the Greenway Park stage with lighting and sound equipment," Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said.
"Checking with our Parks and Recreation Department, this facility is often used throughout the week by groups and individuals. The stage is an asset not only to the Greenway Park but the city itself, for providing wholesome outdoor entertainment.
"We especially want to thank Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd and our legislative delegation for their support," the mayor said. "I am excited we were selected for one of these competitive grants."
"These grants showcase how great the partnership is between tourist development and economic development," the governor said. The governor was joined in making the announcement by Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett.
The grants are to assist counties and cities in improving local assets
to increase the economic impact of tourism.
The Tourism Enhancement Grants were jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The 29 recipients were selected from a pool of 61 applications. The selections were made by an advisory committee made up of staff from the participating state agencies plus the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Each application was supported by the communities' senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.