Yes. The following list of potential projects that could be funded by the Tourism Development Fund was compiled by City staff over the past two years from the Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes strategic plan of the City and from conversations with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority, community non-profits for the arts & culture, and community partners and citizens.
The list is not exhaustive and should be read as a list of projects of community interest that could be submitted for consideration if a tourism development fund was established. The list was originally presented at the Council Budget Retreat in January 2017 and was also included in the presentation at the Council Work Session of July 10, 2017.
Example Projects- (The blue text in the chart indicates the projects are the same or similar to projects identified by the Chamber and Tourism Alliance during strategic planning efforts. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.)
The goal of the program is to "kick start" private investment that will bring new and exciting projects to our destination. It is impossible to know just yet what projects might be submitted for consideration, but this is a list of some types of things we would expect:
◦Streetscape renovations and enhancements
◦Transit improvements (bike share, pedestrian access, enhanced bus shelters)
◦Convention and group meeting facilities
◦Outdoor and Indoor recreation facilities and amenities
◦Public parks (community or regional)
◦Business improvement grants (through EDA)
◦Public art and place-making
◦Special event grants and marketing
◦Culinary arts incubators
◦Regional trails and connectors
◦Historic and cultural sites
◦Other projects that meet the eligibility criteria, demonstrate feasibility, and receive recommendation