West Yellowstone, MT, November 01, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Montana Department of Commerce has approved the award of $550,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP) for tourism-related facility improvement projects including the National Smoke Jumper Center in West Yellowstone, Montana.
The grant of $27,882.00 was awarded to the Center for renovation and construction of volunteer housing in the basement of the Historic Madison Ranger Station used by the Center as the base for its natural history and youth programs. The total project is estimated at $42,294.00.
The National Smoke Jumper Center is dedicated to inspiring American youth and their parents to reconnect to the outdoors.
Successful programs include the ecology programs for Road Scholar (Elderhostel) and the "Junior Smokejumper" programs reflect the shared goals of the Center and the USDA Forest Service. The Junior Smokejumper Educational Program has between 400 - 450 participant kids per year, accompanied by parents, grandparents, teachers, and group leaders.
“The 2012 TIIP grant funds are being invested in a good mix of established and developing tourism facilities across the Montana. All of these projects will strengthen our ability to attract visitors to Montana and keep them here longer so they can spend more money in our main street businesses,” said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “These projects also benefit Montana residents by bolstering local economic standpoint and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”
Director Schwinden approved the TIIP grant funding for the tourism facility projects following recommendations from Department of Commerce staff and the state’s Tourism Advisory Council. The twelve TIIP grant recipients were selected from 30 applications requesting $2.3 million in grants from the program.