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

CHARLESTON (AP) — 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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