Local tourism attractions and festivals receive funding from legislature

The fiscal ’09 budget passed by the state legislature this week includes funding line items for several local tourism attractions and festivals across Alabama. Receiving funding in the next fiscal year beginning Oct.1 are:
Alabama Constitutional Village, Huntsville, $100,000; Alabama Sports Festival $300,000; Alabama Sports Foundation, Hoover, $300,000; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Birmingham, $50,000; Alabama Travel Council, Montgomery, $50,000; Aliceville P.O.W. Museum $50,000; Belle Mont Mansion, Tuscumbia, $150,000; Birmingham Art Connection $10,000; Birmingham City Stages $50,000; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute $25,000; Birmingham Titusville Day $25,000; Buckmaster’s Expo, Montgomery, $150,000; Buffalo Soldier Memorial $50,000; Children’s Hands on Museum, Tuscaloosa, $50,000; American Village, Montevallo, $150,000; Civil Rights Foot Soldiers $15,000; Donnell House, Athens, $40,000; Fendal Hall, Eufaula, $50,000; Fort Payne Historic Depot $15,000.
Helen Keller’s Birthplace, Tuscumbia, $250,000; Henager Potato Festival $10,000; High Falls Park, Geraldine, $10,000; Historic Chattahoochee Commission $50,000; Historic Shirley Place, Northport $100,000; Jesse Owens Park, Danville, $50,000; Montgomery Jubilee City Fest $50,000; Nat King Cole Project, Montgomery, $75,000; Pickens County Chamber of Commerce $75,000; Pond Spring $150,000; Tennessee Valley Art Association-Ritz Theatre Project, Athens, $75,000; Tuscaloosa Veterans’ Memorial $25,000; Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center $75,000; UFO Days, Fyffe, $10,000; Voting Rights Museum, Selma, $100,000; USS Alabama Battleship Commission, Mobile, $200,000.

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