Big list of grants gets praise
The Summit County Commission is poised to approve the longest list yet of Restaurant Tax grants for non-profit groups that lure visitors to town.
A portion of the sales tax paid for prepared food in Summit County goes into the Restaurant Tax coffers, which have existed for 17 years.
More than $1.7 million was generated by the tax in 2007, said Tonja Hanson, chairwoman for the Summit County Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee.
"This year we had more money than we ever had before," Hanson said, adding that 53 groups applied.
Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott praised the board for recommending a grant for Friends of the Farm to purchase agriculture equipment.
"I’m just absolutely delighted with the choices," Elliott said.
The recommendations must still be approved by the Summit County Commission, which invites feedback from the public during their weekly meeting Wednesday before voting on the grant recommendations.
Here is a list of applicants the committee recommended for funding this year:
Sundance Film Festival — $115,000 for promotion
Park City Chamber/Bureau — $250,000 for advertising
Park City Chamber/Bureau — $50,625 for marketing a softball tournament
United States Ski and Snowboard Association — $100,000 for marketing costs
United States Ski and Snowboard Association — $110,000 for television coverage
Park City Lodging Association — $39,000 for promotion
Park City Restaurant Association — $180,000 for promotion
Park City Jazz Foundation — $50,000 for promotion
Park City Lodging Association — $109,000 for promotion
Park City Jazz/Savor the Summit — $25,000 for marketing
Park City Municipal — $150,000 for a museum in Park City
Park City Performing Arts Foundation — $50,000 for advertising
Utah Symphony and Opera — $50,000 for marketing
Park City Extreme Soccer — $8,000 for marketing
Utah Athletic Foundation — $50,000 for advertising
Mountain Trails Foundation — $15,000 for International Mountain Bike World Summit
Park City Chamber/Bureau — $12,000 for a media event in New York City
Oakley City — $45,000 for recreation facility
Egyptian Theatre — $25,000 for advertising
Park City Historical Society and Museum — $60,000 for marketing
Kimball Art Center — $20,000 for advertising
Quinn’s Recreation Complex — $30,000 for scoreboards
Summit County Historical Society — $10,000 for education
Mountain Trails Foundation — $10,000 for promotion
National Ability Center — $10,000 for promotion
Men’s and women’s ski jumping — $5,000 for marketing events
Main Street Business Alliance — $10,000 for brochures
Mountain Town Stages — $20,000 for promotion
Park City Marathon — $3,500 for promotion
Friends of the Farm — $20,000 for equipment at the McPolin Farm
Main Street Business Alliance — $20,000 for Holidazzle celebration
Quinn’s Recreation Complex — $3,000 for bleachers
Mountain Trails Foundation — $2,000 for promotion
Park City Municipal — $4,000 to improve the Cove Trail
Oakley City — $2,500 for advertising
Park Silly Sunday Market — $5,000 for marketing
Uinta Headwaters Council — $3,000 for promotion
Main Street Business Alliance — $5,000 for marketing the Park Silly Sunday Market
Summit County fairgrounds — $12,000 for scoreboards
Axis Free Ride — $2,000 for marketing
Adopt-A-Native-Elder — $3,000 for promotion
Kamas Valley Lions Club — $5,000 for improvements to a shooting range
Quinn’s Recreation Complex — $2,000 for padding for ice arena
Youth Winter Sports Alliance — $2,000 for marketing
Park City Golf Club — $12,000 for course improvements
Park City Film Series — $3,000 for advertising
Park City Ambassadors — $5,500 for promotion
Kamas City — $2,500 to market Fiesta Days
Peoa Special Services District — $20,375 to improve Woodenshoe Park
Peoa Special Services District — $1,000 for marketing
Deer Valley Resort hired Jamo O’Reilly as the director of lodging operations to oversee its more than 450 residences.