Virginia tourism grant recipients to be announced Wednesday; grants require local match

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The recipients of Virginia tourism grants totaling $773,000 are set to be announced.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and state legislators will do the honors on Wednesday in Richmond. The matching grant funds are part of the Virginia Tourism Corp.'s marketing leverage program.

They are intended to help local and regional tourism groups attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars. The local groups match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2-to-1.

With the tourism grants and local contributions, that adds up to $3 million in new marketing.

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