BY FREDA MIKLIN
On November 8, the United States Department of Commerce announced that Colorado has been granted $9,683,928 to accelerate travel, tourism and outdoor recreation. The grant is targeted at helping businesses in these industries recover from the hard-hitting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationwide, grants totaling $314 million were awarded.
According to the Commerce Department, “These investments will support marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business, and international travel.” They also announced that additional state grants are expected to be awarded in the coming weeks and months.
“The coronavirus pandemic devasted the travel and tourism industry – the linchpin of local economies across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “The Economic Development Agency (EDA) is proud to give state and territory leaders the resources to build back better through locally led strategies that uniquely address the challenges and opportunities of their local travel tourism and outdoor recreation industry.”
This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021.