CVB board OKs budget

Nearly $50,000 from the city’s tourism promotion agency will be used to help sponsor events in the community over the next year.
On Wednesday, the Starkville Visitors and Convention Council approved its upcoming budget, including nearly thousands of dollars for various events and efforts in the community.
The funding starts with the fiscal year which begins Oct. 1. The VCC is the advisory panel for the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau, a GSDP member organization.
“We’re primarily not an event production organization,” said Jennifer Gregory, vice president of tourism development for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. “ ... We have so many organizations in Starkville that produce their own high-quality events. ... Without reinventing the wheel, we feel like it’s definitely our duty and responsibility to financially support those events because they bring in between hundreds and tens of thousands of
visitors to our community,” Gregory said.
The total allocation came to $49,500.
The following list shows the recipients of the money, the primary reason for it and the dollar amount:
• Mississippi Horse Park; multiple-day events; $10,000.
• Starkville Area Arts Council; Cotton District Arts Festival; $7,500.
• Starkville Soccer Association; various events; $7,500.
• Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation, driving tours for historic neighborhoods; $5,000.
• Village Cycle Center, provision of food on the Friday night Sturgis South Dinner Ride; $3,500.
• SAAC; Garden Expo; $3,000.
• SCNF; downtown Starkville survey and National Register nomination; $3,000.
• Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum; sports display; $2,000.
• Golden Triangle Kennel Club; dog show; $1,500.
• Starkville Rotary Club, PRCA Rodeo; $1,500.
• Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery; “Three Cups of Tea” exhibition; $1,000.
• Mississippi State University Libraries; Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival; $1,000.
• SCNF, Central Neighborhood 10k run; $1,000.
• Starkville-MSU Symphony Association; four concert series, $1,000.
• KMG Creations Dance and Fitness; “Dancing in the Park;” $500.
• Starkville Community Market; continued development; $500.
This funding supplied on a reimbursement basis, Gregory said.
CVB officials raised their projected revenue for the coming year from the Starkville Hotel Tax to $135,000 from $105,000 as officials have seen an increase in this revenue, she said.
The 2 percent Food and Beverage Tax revenue estimate also went up $10,000 to $200,000.
Officials increased the GSDP management contract to accommodate the increase in salaries for Gregory and Robyn Cain as they take on responsibilities related to the addition of the Main Street program.
In other matters, the board:
• Adjusted the current fiscal year budget $25,000 to allow for printing of shopping, dining, lodging and attraction guides.
• Selected Jeremiah Dumas as the panel’s vice chairman. Michelle Jones currently serves as the chair for the VCC.