PRESS RELEASE – Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced today that 21 not-for-profit organizations will be receiving a combined total of $200,325 to boost tourism.
The funding comes from a combination of county money and grants from the statewide I Love New York program, he said as he made the announcement at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, which received funding.
“We want people to come here to Rockland to spend the day and to spend their money,” he told representatives of nonprofits that were awarded grants. “We have every confidence that all of the organizations receiving this money will use it to bring tourists here to see all that Rockland has to offer – from the Edward Hopper House, to the Garner Arts Center to the downtowns in Suffern and Nyack and the Haverstraw River Arts festivals.”
The grants were awarded on a competitive basis, with accompanying performance expectations. The funds will be used to attract visitors from outside Rockland County.
Executives of non-profits awarded the grants said the funds will help pay for advertisements in Metro-North trains and for print, radio and television marketing and other activities to get the word out about Rockland attractions.
Lucy Redzeposki, Rockland’s director of Economic Growth and Tourism, also unveiled a new map of Historic Rockland County. The map will be placed at rest stops and at other tourist attractions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to encourage people to visit Rockland.
Grants were awarded to:
Piermont Historical Society: $3,425 ArtsRock: $6,500 N. Rockland Chamber of Commerce: $5,000 Nanuet Chamber of Commerce: $6,500 Penguin Players: $9,000 Suffern Chamber of Commerce: $19,700 Hopper House: $7,000 Keep Rockland Beautiful – Underground Tours: $2,000 Keep Rockland Beautiful – 20th anniversary: $3,500 Antrim Players: $5,000 Rockland Rivertowns Coalition (Visit Nyack): $7,000 Visit Nyack Inc: $50,000 Garner Arts – marketing support: $10,000 Garner Arts – Garner Arts Festival: $10,000 Piermont Straus Foundation: $4,000 Big Mytts Media: $5,000 Historical Society Rockland County: $6,000 Hampton Velo Club (Supercross) : $10,000 Haverstraw RiverArts – Music Festival: $2,320 Haverstraw RiverArts – Food Crawl: $1,380 JCC Rockland: $5,000 United Latin Festival of Haverstraw: $7,000 Rockland Center for Arts: $5,000 RockBergen Music Festival: $10,000