It's going to be a fierce competition between 13 organizations applying for $100,000 worth of community grant money from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau to help fund local events. The Joplin CVB has been setting the money aside for groups for the past 14 years. CVB Director Patrick Tuttle tells News Talk KZRG why they do it.
"We want to give the events the best opportunity possible to bring more people to town, and hopefully have events that are two to three days long to generate hotel stays."
More organizers than ever are applying for the money. CVB Director Patrick Tuttle tells News Talk KZRG about some of next year's new events.
"A new group is trying to enhance both St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest festivities, as well as a Joplin Jazz event, and Martin Luther King Day."
More than $200,000 has been requested. The CVB board will hear organizer presentations, and determine how much funding to give each group July 15th.