Funding to Boost Grand River Valley Tourism

By Gary Twining

Soon you will be hearing and seeing more about the Grand River Valley and its prime tourism attractions, including its many wineries, distilleries, breweries, fine-dining opportunities and lodging.

The Lake County Board of Commissioners, with support from the the county Clerk of Courts, has announced a $75,000 commitment to support the Grand River Valley’s marketing and outreach initiatives. Designed to promote all of the activities and attractions in the area, the funding also will strengthen the regional brand and identity of Grand River Valley wines and wineries.

“Lake and Ashtabula counties, and the Grand River Valley which runs through both, has for too long been one of the best-kept secrets in the nation,” Lake County Commissioner Ron Young said in a release. “Over the last 30 years, the other wine regions such as the Napa Valley, Willamette Valley and the Finger Lakes have gained great notoriety and profited as tourism destinations. This funding will allow our visitors bureaus to expand their mission to make Grand River Valley a premier attraction.”

The funding will help draw visitors and tourists from outside the immediate area and will boost development, jobs and economic growth, Young said.

With the number of award-winning wines being produced in this premium wine-growing region, this funding will help bring national recognition to the Grand River Valley specifically, and to Ohio in general as a wine-producing state, Ohio Wine Producers Association officials say.

If you haven’t yet planned a visit to this region, it is always a good time to savor Ohio products and experiences.

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