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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 24, 2020 10:22 AM
From: Representative Jack Rader, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: DMO Grants
As we all know, COVID-19 has severely impacted Pennsylvania’s business community and economy. This crisis has also decimated Pennsylvania’s tourism community and the Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) around the state that are tasked with using county hotel tax dollars to draw overnight visitors to the many attractions and sights in our commonwealth. As hotels have remained empty, though, those dollars needed for promotion have essentially evaporated, and the entities that will be charged with the message that PA is open for business do not have the resources to do so.
Therefore, I am drafting legislation that would create a $15 million grant program for DMOs using federal CARES Act dollars. The grants would be based on the difference in hotel tax revenue in April 2020 compared to April 2019. Many industries need our help, but I would argue that tourism is what will be a key part of bringing our economy back and helping us recover. All of us have a DMO in our community, and it is important that we support them because we will be relying on them to bring tax dollars back to PA when this is over.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.