"I only pay on a receipt" is reason for surplus tourism grant funds

*Feature Photo: Events supported by the chamber's grant program include the 1838 Rendezvous Celebration and 18 others. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - The Riverton Chamber of Commerce granted 19 different Tourism Asset Development (TAD) projects for this fiscal year, but so far $30,859 of that remains unspent. The chamber allocated $102,024 in grants. "I only pay on a receipt used for what the applicant had applied for," said Chamber Executive Director Jim Davis. Some events haven't turned in their receipts yet, he said. In his semi-annual report to the city council on Tuesday, Davis said the TAD funds are distributed to each municipality in the county on the basis of how much lodging tax revenue each generates. "Being Riverton has the most lodging in the county, our share is 52 percent, while Lander gets 25 percent and Dubois 22 percent," he said. "Hudson and Shoshoni each receive a stipend of $3,000 and $6,000 respectively because of the lack of lodging in those towns." The TAD funds in Riverton are used for the promotion and hosting of athletic tournaments, moto-cross racing events, rodeos, the annual Rendezvous celebration, the 1838 Rendezvous, car and bike shows, museums and the Wild West Winter Carnival, to name a few. "The idea is to bring people into the community where they will make a positive economic impact," he said. The single largest grant made from the program goes to Fremont County School District #25 to help host six big events, such as at the Ron Thon Memorial/Invitational Wrestling Tournament and the Class 2A Regional Basketball tournament. The district received $21,500. Davis also said the Chamber uses a portion of its TAD distribution to do joint advertising in cooperation with the Wind River Visitors Council and the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce, for instance. #county10 #news