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Fayette County's hotel tax provides $353,000 in grants

| Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Proceeds from Fayette County's hotel tax will provide $353,295 in grants to nonprofit groups, according to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

Money for the grants is obtained from a portion of the county's hotel room tax, which was implemented in 2008.

This year's grant recipients are:

• Allegheny Trail Alliance, $9,000 to print the 2012-13 TrailBook and Trail Map.

• Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp., $12,500 to market and operate the Flatiron Building Heritage Museum and Visitor Center and the Frank L. Melega Art Museum.

• Brownsville Historical Society, $5,000 to market and finish additions and repairs to the Nemacolin (Bowmans) Castle.

• Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville, $10,000 to replace lighting.

• Connellsville Area Historical Society, $9,000 to renovate and pay utilities at the Gibson House.

• Dunbar Historical Society, $2,893 to market the Coke Oven Park with brochures, the addition of an Internet and telephone package, and signs for the park.

• Boy Scout Troop 609, $3,500 for signs and to pave a pavilion area at the Fairchance Train Station.

• Fayette County Agricultural Improvement Association Inc., $39,902 for marketing and to improve existing livestock facilities.

• Fayette County Cultural Trust, $50,000 for marketing, developing a Festival Plaza in downtown Connellsville, administering existing programs and developing tourism opportunities.

• Private Industry Council/ETI, $10,000, to develop an educational training program for the front-line staff of tourist- related businesses.

• Fayette County Historical Society, $11,000 for various repairs at Abel Colley Tavern and to cover the cost of utilities, liability insurance, membership fees, office supplies and postage.

• Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, $15,000 to implement a countywide farmers' market program and for regional marketing.

• Jumonville conference center, $6,000 to purchase a lift to assist handicapped visitors to get into and out of the camp's swimming pool.

• National Road Heritage Corridor, $12,500 for marketing and operations expenses.

• Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center, $5,000 to market a fall festival.

• The Progress Fund, $7,000 to design and print four Trail Book Community pages for Connellsville and Ohiopyle.

• The Redstone Foundation, $28,500 for operations and to market the Independence Day celebration, Main Street Arts and Heritage activities, and the winter performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Ballet LaFayette.

• Regional Trail Corp., $10,000 to purchase limestone to resurface a 3-mile section of the trail.

• RTC-Whitsett-Fayette Yough Trail Chapter, $17,000 to purchase a tractor for trail maintenance.

• Sisters of St. Basil the Great, $8,500 to market its mansion in downtown Uniontown.

• State Theatre Center for the Arts, $30,000 for marketing and operations.

• Touchstone Center for Crafts, $20,000 for marketing and to purchase general office supplies, a phone system, work stations and studio equipment.

• Uniontown Property Development Corp., $6,000 to upgrade flags, electric service, landscaping and the water system.

• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $25,000 for a new Fallingwater film that will be broadcast on PBS and other networks.

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