County grants Chamber $10K to create visitors center
July 24, 2013The County of San Diego has granted the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce $10,500 from the Community Enhancement Program to fund a VC visitors center for the next year.
The Board of Supervisors approved the grant at its June 25 board meeting. According to Board Policy B-58, the purpose of the program, "is to provide funds to nonprofit and/or tax exempt organizations that promote and generate tourism and/or economic development at the regional and community levels throughout San Diego County.
Commenting on the grant, Fifth District Supervisors Bill Horn told The Roadrunner: "A Visitors Center will be a great asset for Valley Center, Pauma Valley and Palomar Mountain. The Community Enhancement Grant of $10,500 will help pay for staffing, a computer and printer, a telephone, and printed materials including guides and pamphlets to promote business and tourism."
According to the grant agreement between the Chamber and the County, the funds are to be used "to provide staffing, computer, printer, telephone and printed material for a Visitor Center visitors center and to create, publish and mail a visitor/chamber/member guide for the Valley Center/Pauma/Palomar Mountain area."
Money for the Community Enhancement Program comes from a percentage of
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenues; i.e. taxes on hotels and motels in the county. Some of the organizations and activities that the program funds include
"cultural activities, museums, visitor and convention bureaus, economic development councils, and other similar institutions/organizations."