Deadline approaching to apply for BTAC grant

The Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) is accepting grant applications for events and programs within the city to enhance tourism until August 10.

The committee is interested in funding projects that will draw more overnight stays to the city, according to BTAC chair Steve Lawrenson.

Last year, the city awarded $67,000 to nine events. Recipients included the Blaine Chamber of Commerce to pay for the Fourth of July festivities, Drayton Harbor Maritime to maintain operations of the Plover Ferry, and the Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival.

Funding for the grant comes from hotel/motel tax revenue generated in the city in 2015. This year, the city is budgeted to receive around $125,000 from tax revenue, and officials expect about the same for 2016.

The tax revenue is also used to fund overhead for running the Blaine Visitor Center, pays the salary for the community and tourism development coordinator position and pays for marketing and advertising.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10. Download grant application forms at cityofblaine.com, or contact Debbie Harger at 360/543-9982 for more information.

  1. Blaine would benefit from establishing a spot – other than the post office – where visitors who are making the “four corners” ride can take a photo of themselves to prove they were here. You can’t take a motorcycle on the grass in front of the Peace Arch and their aren’t any other iconic locations. Use some of that BTAC money to erect a sign on Marine Drive with the city logo and words like, “Blaine, Washington, Where America Begins.” Anything would be better than the front of the post office.

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