Borough mayor seeks $200,000 for tourism bureau

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles is asking the assembly to give $200,000 to the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau to market Fairbanks as a tourist destination.

The money had originally been set aside to be used for a competitive grant, but Boyles said the process to request proposals would take too long.

''Due to recent national events, and the cautious predictions concerning local and national tourism, it is my opinion we should immediately concentrate on marketing our Fairbanks North Star Borough to potential visitors,'' Boyles said in a memorandum to the assembly.

It's unclear how many groups or agencies, other than the visitors bureau, would apply for the money if the assembly rejects the mayor's measure. The assembly is expected to take up the measure in January.

Boyles said that people assume the money was intended for the visitors bureau anyway.

The reason the money wasn't allocated to the visitors bureau in the first place is because of limits to the borough's economic development powers at the time the money was set aside. The Legislature has since eased those limits, said Assemblyman Hank Bartos.

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