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CAEDC Awards Over $500,000 in Tourism Product Development Grants in 2019

The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau has earmarked funds for Tourism Product Development Grants to support and promote the Cumberland Valley brand through tourism product development initiatives. The grant seeks to

1. Increase the number of products, experiences, and services available for visitors and residents.
2. Grow the number of visits, length of stay, and spending by visitors.
3. Improve the profitability of tourism businesses.
4. Keep Cumberland Valley competitive with other destinations.

The following partners received grants in 2019, several of which have already been completed.

Appalachian Brewing Company: Remodel and furnish the 2nd floor and outside deck at ABC’s Shippensburg location to convert it into an art gallery space as well as a space that welcomes the community to gather, engage one another, and share their thoughts. The new space will showcase photography, mixed media, sculptures, and paintings by established and emerging artists as well as host musicians. Award amount: $24,984

Big Hill Winery & Ciderworks: Big Hill’s hard ciders are crafted on-site with fruit from their farm in Gardners. The grant will assist the owners with building an inviting retail space on their farm that will allow customers to enjoy their ciders while experiencing the beauty of the South Mountain region and help them gain a better understanding of the origins of the product they consume. Award amount: $49,451

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet: CPYB is the nation’s pre-eminent school of classical ballet and a key asset in the region’s cultural community. With their continued success, they seek to repurpose two studios to create a new on-site performance that will feature 250 seats, doubling the current capacity, and host 11 performances throughout the year.  Award amount: $100,000

Desperate Times Brewery: For more information, see Success Stories. Award amount: $7,100

Midway Bowling Center: For more information, see Success Stories. Award amount: $100,000

Molly Pitcher Brewing: For more information, see Success Stories. Award amount: $69,048

Newville Borough:  Over 25,000 visitors per year frequent the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and with its many amenities — including restroom facilities, parking lot, and children’s play area — the Newville Trailhead is a popular destination point along the trail. The Borough proposes the construction of a concrete pathway between the existing handicapped parking area to the paved one-half mile section of CVRT at the trailhead to improve accessibility to the trail. The borough also seeks to construct a bike repair station. Award amount: $22,927

Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park: To further enhance the experience of visitors to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Friends group and the Park propose to build a 60-foot pedestrian bridge to connect Koppenhaver and Mountain Creek Trails thereby creating a combined trail system that would connect the two primary recreation areas of the park. This trail system would create an easy off-road option to walk between the two lakes in the park. Award amount: $40,000

Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA): SAMBA will partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry/Michaux District and the Mountain Bikers of Michaux to build and maintain the Charcoal Hearth Trail System in Michaux State Forest, an approximately 10-mile long sustainable trail system for biking, hiking, and trail running. Award amount: $6,087

Friends of West Shore Theatre: The Friends group seeks to restore and revitalize the historic West Shore Theatre as an entertainment venue and community anchor designed to host both public and private events. The award will assist with the purchase of a sound system, stage lighting, theatre lighting, the concession area, stage and stage extension, projection room, curtains, and decorations. Award amount: $100,000


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