The 23 Club in Scottsbluff is another step closer to their overall funding goals for the renovation project currently underway, as members of the Scotts Bluff County Tourism Committee presented them a check Thursday for $60,000 as part of a matching grant.
During the presentation at the Legacy of the Plains Museum, Committee Vice-Chair Dave Wolf said the funding was in line with a change to the committee’s strategic plan made a few years ago, which increased the emphasis on youth sports and their impact.
“So, the 23 Club is a perfect example of being able to host tournaments where hotels can be booked up for that whole weekend or a whole tournament. But we also look at that with the Gering (ball field) complex that’s being built, the Lander’s Soccer Complex, the tumbling and gymnastics at the Carpenter Center,” said Wolf. “We’ve had out-of-state wrestling, (and) there’s lots and lots of markets we are looking to expand.”
The money from the County’s Tourism Capital Improvement Fund coming from revenues generated by the lodging tax paid by those staying at the areas motels.
The 23 Club had to show expenditures on the project equal to the total of the grant before the tourism funding was added to the mix.