W.Va. doles out $1.2M in tourism matching grants


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Casinos are once again the big beneficiaries of matching grants issued annually by the West Virginia Tourism Commission. Projects totaling $2.6 million were submitted, and the awards under the Matching Advertising Partnership Program total more than $1.2 million. They include $382,000 to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, $184,000 to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort and $112,000 to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Other awards include: -$209,000 to the Fayette-Mercer-Raleigh County Winter Coalition -$88,000 to the Martinsburg/Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau -$71,000 to the American Mountain Theater in Elkins -$36,000 to the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau -$33,000 to the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society -$26,000 to Country Road Cabins in Fayette County -$23,000 to Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, which is marketing the Wheeling Nailers to fans.
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