- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state is offering another set of tourism grants to encourage cities and counties to invest in infrastructure that will inspire people to visit an area.

The Tennessee Economic and Community Development said in a news release that it has begun the second year of its Tourism Enhancement Grant application process and will offer grants up to $50,000 with a match requirement based on economic status.

Examples of tourism infrastructure that communities can propose include concert stages, boat ramps and scenic pull-offs.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2eZR9hb ) reports the ECD and the Department of Tourist Development gave more than $999,000 in grants to 29 communities after receiving 61 submissions last year.

Grant applications are available at https://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/tourism-grant . They are due Nov. 30.

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