The city of Fort Dodge has achieved recognition as an Iowa Tourism-endorsed Regional Sports Authority District (RSAD), securing a generous $70,000 grant to promote non-professional sports.
This grant, necessitating a 50 percent cash match, supports 19 separate events, thereby bolstering the local economy and increasing statewide prominence. It facilitates venue rentals, referee expenses, and event essentials.
“Last year Fort Dodge’s RSAD award helped fund 11 non-professional sporting events,” said Kerrie Kuiper, executive director of Iowa convention and visitors bureau Visit Fort Dodge. “The grant itself provided $50,000 and the events supported a cash match of over $96,000.”
“This year the grant includes 19 individual events which will bring a lot of support for local businesses and increases statewide awareness of our area, leading to more growth and tourism opportunities,” she added.
The RSAD program, administered by the Iowa Tourism Office, plays a pivotal role in stimulating tourism within Iowa by actively promoting non-professional sports events. Applicants for RSAD must manage an Iowa convention and visitors bureau, with the program overseen by a seven-member board comprising city council members and local organization representatives.
Introducing new amateur sporting events in the community facilitated Visit Fort Dodge’s successful grant application. The bureau fulfills the eligibility criteria for RSAD grants.
This grant, overseen by a seven-member board that includes city council members and representatives of local organizations, mandates a 50 percent cash match. It will support 19 distinct events, resulting in economic benefits for the community and heightened local recognition.
The positive influence of Visit Fort Dodge’s RSAD grant extends to both the community and venues. The allocated funds cater to venue rentals, procurement of necessary equipment, referee expenditures, and essential event services.
Hosting non-professional sports events elevates Fort Dodge’s reputation, attracting visitors, fostering economic expansion and creating tourism opportunities. This year’s grant increase to $70,000 further solidifies its support for local businesses and bolsters statewide recognition. This also establishes Fort Dodge as a distinguished sports destination.
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