Hamilton County Tourism Inc. announced Tuesday that it received a federal grant to lead a study into infrastructure and program investments for the agency and its affiliate, the Hamilton County Sports Authority.
The grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will fund the Business of Entertainment, Sport and Tourism study, according to a news release. The grant will cover $208,000 of the study’s $520,000 total cost, while HCT will cover the balance.
The study will guide future entertainment, group and sports tourism-related capital investments, identify job-training needs and try to discover ways to increase tourism’s economic impact for Hamilton County over the next decade.
Karen Radcliff, HCT’s vice president and chief strategy office, and a 30-member committee will lead the study.
The committee will issue a request for proposals in June and hire a planning group to conduct a series of studies that will lead to a master plan.
The HCT board and officials will use data from the study to form plans in tourism investment, financial sustainability and tourism workforce development.
Hamilton County established Hamilton County Tourism Inc. in 1989 and, in 1991, it opened an office in the Adler Building in downtown Noblesville.
The agency is now located in a 4,500-square-foot, three-level townhome at 37 E. Main St., near the Rangeline Road intersection in Carmel, across the street from Woodys Library Restaurant.